It's far worse than BSE ever thought of being," Hoard's Station sale barn owner Dave Denure said.
"That was an economic factor.BSE was 's----happens' and then we could see the light at the end of the tunnel."
This situation now is "far, far, worse" than when mad cow disease decimated markets, Mr. Denure
Though prices then dipped to 75 cents a pound, the "government came along," he
"The government has to do something now or there'll be nobody left."If we were working with inputs from 30 years ago, it would be okay," Mr. Denure
said.Instead, farmers are seeing prices of 90 cents where they should be seeing $1.15 a pound.
"When you have to take money out of your own pocket to pay for them, that's bad," Mr. Denure
says."They're not going to be paying any mortgages." He says the price paid for beef began its steady decline in July when Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations calling for all specified risk material to be separated at slaughter came into effect.
While the measure was created to instill confidence in food safety, it ?added expense for beef processors, he