WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision last week to move forward with plans to resume live cattle imports from Canada beginning March 7, despite confirmation of a second case of mad cow disease in Alberta, triggered a debate among beef processors and some ranchers regarding the appropriateness of the decision. Although beef industry experts contacted by SN declined to speculate on how the decision might affect beef prices in the coming year, an influx of calves and young ...

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