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In a decision that will be closely monitored by Calaveras County cattle ranchers, the U.S. government has modified plans to resume imports of Canadian beef.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Wednesday that he will extend the ban on Canadian beef for animals 30 months of age and older. The U.S. plans a partial reopening of its market this year, to import younger cattle and beef. It imposed the ban in 2003 after the discovery of cattle with Mad Cow disease north of the border.