If we are to have free trade with our neighbors and the rest of the world it is imperative that there is a mechanism in place to prevent the ruin of a countries economy by huge influxes of foreign product. That is what the WHO trade comission was set up for. In my opinion it does not seem to be functioning, because look at the huge US trade deficeit. The issue of keeping the border closed for economic reasons dosen't make sense because if large numbers of cattle were to come across and depress US prices either for meat or feeder cattle, then the US would have trade greivences with Canada and under WTO rules would close the border for those reasons. For Canada to build their whole beef industry for export to the US is unfair and should be addressed by WTO trade commission if those supplies are burdonsome to US farmers and ranchers. Canada doubled exports of beef to US last year under the present rules and did not depress prices in US. However, if they continue to double exports until they do depress prices then we would have greivences against them. Then economic sanctions would be put in place. This is the way the system was supposed to work. So the health issue is a whole separate issue with it's own peculiar set of rules and protocols. There has to be sound science to keep the border closed for health reasons. In my estimation there is sound science to keep the present rules in place. In a few months we'll be able to test all animals either alive or dead and the whole situation will be resolved one way or the other. But if Canada does expand her cattle industry to the detriment of US producers there will still be trade issues. So Canafa had better be careful about reckless expansion. Also US packers had better be careful about wishing for cheaper foreign feeder cattle. Those feeders are a commodity and should come under sanctions if they depress prices in the US.