In a report released this afternoon, USDA's Economic Research Service says the economic feed impact of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) regulations over the past decade total close to $900 million. But those added costs pale in comparison to the loss of meat export sales, which are estimated to range from $3.2 to $4.7 billion.
"When the Final [BSE] Rule is implemented in 2009, the feed substitution impact will be relatively small in aggregate,” say the authors.
Studies estimate that the regulation feed costs break down as follows: Increased cost of feeding cattle, $637 million; increase in definition of specified risk material, $195 million; net loss to rendering, $53 million, and increase in meat and bone meal prices, $8 million.
While some in the industry are starting to question these costs, ERS notes that the benefits of implementing feeding restrictions have not been tallied. For the full report click here.