01/20/2012 01:56 EST | Updated 03/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Manitoba, Alberta welcome end of South Korea beef ban

Now that South Korea has lifted its ban on Canadian beef, the Manitoba government is hoping the province's cattle industry will grow.

Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn (koh-STIH'-shen) says the mad cow scare in 2003 resulted in reduced numbers of cattle, and regaining South Korea as a market should help prompt a rebound.

Kostyshyn is also hoping to grow slaughter capacity within the province, but, for now, cattle will be processed in Alberta.

He says he'd like to talk to the federal government about building plants in Manitoba.

Alberta Agriculture Minister Evan Berger says renewed trade with South Korea is good news for the province, which has nearly 40 per cent of Canada's cattle and calves.

Cattle producers have contributed millions of dollars to a fund aimed at expanding slaughter capacity.

January 20, 2012

Alberta applauds South Korea's decision to reopen borders to Canadian beef

Market opportunities expand for ranchers and processors

Edmonton... Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Evan Berger issued the following statement on the announcement that South Korea will now import Canadian beef.

“After an eight-year ban, Canadian producers will now be able to export beef from cattle younger than 30 months to South Korea.