Must U.S. cattlemen bear worlds woes?
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Montana Cattlemen's Association opposes a free trade agreement with Australia and/or New Zealand. While a NAFTA-type agreement with these countries may be good business for some segments of the U.S. economy, it is very difficult to understand how such an agreement could be in the best interests of U.S. cow/calf producers.
The cost of production in Australia is approximately 50 percent of the cost of production in the United States. The differences are due in part to differing internal standards with respect to environmental regulations, producer costs for worker safety, health and retiremen...