Published: Friday 15 September 2000

The Argentinean government has ordered 3,000 cattle to be killed, after ten Paraguayan cattle were found to be infected with antibodies of the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease. According to agricultural officials, the cattle were not suffering from active cases of the disease. Since

Argentine exports for grass-fed beef are expected to reach 350,000 tonnes in the year 2000, the destruction order was a "precautionary measure". Argentina, which is the fourth largest beef exporter in the world, has recently got a clean chit for its stock being free of foot-and-mouth disease, without the use of vaccination.

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