January 6, 2004--Posted at 7:00 p.m. CST
JONESBORO--A national organization is trying to beef up the cattle market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to open the canadian border to cattle imports on March 7.
"It's trade. I mean we bring live cattle in, but look at all the dollars of meat that we sell to Canada," says Professor of Animal Science, Dr. Bill Humphrey.
Some experts say the decision to open up the Canadian border is a win, win situation.
They say if we dump more cattle into the market, the packers don't have to pay high prices and it won't cost you as much at the supermarket.
However, cattle producers are afraid it will cost them.
"Anytime you increase the supply above what demand is the prices tend to go down," Culp says.
"I think we will see a drop, but we will recover," Humphrey says.
There are mixed feelings across Region 8, but most say they expect the USDA to reconsider.
"They have done this before and were gonna release it but my feeling is that there going to recend this," Culp says.