AGRICULTURE: Four-Legged Wetbacks

Since the first herd of Charolais cattle arrived in Mexico from France more than 20 years ago, U.S. cowmen have hankered after the deep-chested, creamy-white animals. There were formidable obstacles to getting them: the only big Mexican breeder of Charolais refused to sell more than a few at a time, the Mexican government was determined to keep its herd south of the border, and the U.S. was closed to both French and Mexican cattle because of the virulent foot-and-mouth disease.The U.S. Agriculture Department even refused to allow shipment of frozen Charolais semen...

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