Nicaragua: NO to Live Cattle Exports

Entrepreneurs in the meat industry believe that the increase in exports of live cattle will affect the future of the herd.

Monday, March 11, 2013

"The industry's concern is that Guatemala has already imported 3437 tonnes of cattle, where a large amount of the animals have not met the technical criteria set out in the Ministerial Decree number 027-2007, issued in September 2007 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (Mific)", reported

According to Rene Blandon, president of the National Cattlemen's Commission (Conagan), the rules state that only live cattle weighing more than 350 kg can be exported, however, this requirement is not being met. "Exports have been authorized to the Guatemalan market for cattle, weighing between 250 and 290 kilograms," he added.

In addition they have also been sacrificing animals that are still of breeding age. "Our members have warned us about the slaughter of heifers that are not for discarding, but are breeding heifers and that's not possible because we are attacking the future of our breeding herd", the official said.

Meanwhile, Alvaro Fiallos, president of the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers (UNAG), supports the government implementing better mechanisms for enforcement, both in slaughterhouses and at the borders.

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