Interesting article from a recent Houston Chronicle telling things from the U.S. rancher’s perspective.

Per the article:

U.S. cattle producers facing skyrocketing costs and stagnant domestic demand say they need overseas markets like South Korea in order to avoid substantial dips in their bottom lines….

Before reacting to the first U.S. case of mad cow disease by banning its beef in 2003, South Korea was the third-largest export customer with $815 million in sales. Officials with cattle groups indicate a larger middle class in South Korea could push that value to close to $1 billion.  (Emphasis mine)

Almost a billion dollars!  That’s a lot of 소 고기…