McKalip: HPAI in dairy hasn’t caused trade disruptions

The chief ag negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in U.S. dairy cattle hasn’t caused global trade disruptions.

Doug McKalip says that’s because U.S. milk is pasteurized.

“It’s been a key part of our conversations with trading partners to minimize backlash on dairy.”

McKalip says the administration will be engaged with the beef industry on any next steps if necessary and the goal is to let science prevail.

“It comes down to being able to engage with trading partners in a level-headed conversation and making sure science prevails and we don’t overreact to situations.”

At least eight states have confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in dairy cattle including Kansas, South Dakota, Michigan and Ohio.

McKalip was part of the Ag Commodities Futures Conference in Kansas City last week.

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