WASHINGTON -- Cattlemen and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials welcomed the news that trade negotiators from Japan and the United States had reached an agreement that paves the way for resumption of beef trade with the United States, starting in the spring of 2005. ase, such as bovine heads and spinal cords, must be removed and the beef should be from animals verified to be 20 months of age or younger. The agreement should clear the way for cattle under 21 months of age to be excluded ...

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