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Posted: Friday, July 2, 2021. 8:09 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: No cattle was exported to Mexico on Thursday.

Though 434 head of cattle were approved for export by SENASICA, the Mexican animal health authority, on Thursday not a single animal was exported because of the same SENASICA.

The Belizean exporters at Blue Creek and Shipyard were ready to send the cattle to Mexico and the Mexican exporter SuKarne and had their five trucks ready as well, but SENASICA said they could only process one-truck load per day on the Mexican side of the border.

The Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE), Jose Abelardo Mai, representatives from the Belize Livestock Producers Association, OIRSA, BAHA, MAFSE, and SuKarne, exporter John Wall and members of the Shipyard Cattle Committee, and the media were all present at Shipyard for the beginning of the exportation on Thursday morning but not a single animal was on site because of the SENASICA border delay.

The cattle were all spread out in the fields at Shipyard and wouldn’t be moved to the central corral until ready for loading into the SuKarne trucks. Minister Mai had to make use of his office to get SENASICA to facilitate the exportation of all the 434 head of cattle on Friday.

After a week of inspection and paperwork, the cattle were finally to be loaded into the waiting trucks starting at 6 am on Friday said Principal Agriculture Officer and Director of Livestock Belarmino Esquivel. The cattle will be transported to the state of Michoacán approximately 1,250 miles from the Belize-Mexico border said a SuKarne representative.

349 are being exported from the John Wall Farm in Shipyard and 85 from the David Dyck and Alvin Dyck Farms in Blue Creek. The cattle were thoroughly inspected by a Mexican SENASICA veterinarian who approved the 434 out of a total of 496.

SuKarne has previously imported cattle from Blue Creek, but this is the first exportation from Shipyard.

MAFSE reports say that more than 20,000 head of cattle valued at $30 million have been exported to Guatemala and Mexico since November of last year.

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