SDSGA calls for temporary halt of importing beef from Brazil

RAPID CITY, S.D.(KOTA)- After a drought-burdened season for South Dakota cattle producers, beef imports from Brazil are now receiving a second look.

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association has called for Brazilian imports to be ceased temporarily. SDSGA executive director James Halverson, who supports the call, said this orbits a small number of livestock illness cases.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is more commonly referred to as mad cow disease.

Halverson, while optimistic, conceded he can’t know for certain the impact on cost to consumer.

However Halverson said regarding the issue, wheels are already turning at the national level.

Brazil is the second most prolific beef producing nation after the United States.