US/Peru live cattle deal signed

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

The deal allowing Peru access to US cattle was announced in April
The deal allowing Peru access to US cattle was announced in April

Related tags: Milk, Cattle, Beef, Livestock

The US has confirmed a deal to export live cattle to Peru.

The signing of a health certificate last week outlines the conditions of trade for US cattle.

The deal for access was announced in April following meetings there between US Department of Agriculture (USDA) marketing and regulatory program and the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture.

Peru’s chief veterinary officer approved the health certificate for the import of US live cattle on 15 July.

'Strong demand'

A statement from the USDA said: “The Peruvian dairy industry has strong demand for US dairy cows in the near future to meet milk production needs.”

Under the terms of deal the cattle chosen for export must be identified by a permanent identification system that can demonstrate they have not been exposed to BSE. The animals must also be isolated under a USDA-accredited veterinarian for at least 30 days prior to export and show no signs of diseases, including bluetongue.

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