First Day Cattle Trading in 2004

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Tuesday was the first sale in Bowling Green since the news broke before Christmas. Agriculture officials say genetic testing confirms the cow infected with Mad Cow disease was born in Canada.

The results will help investigators track down the source of the infection as officials kill the 450 cows that tested positive last month. It's back to normal at Barren River Regional Livestock Trading Center. But many are waiting to see what is in store.

Marty Lile, manager of Barren River Regional Livestock says, "Everybody seems to be understanding. We have a lot of spectators today. Everybody looking to see what the markets gonna do."

Frank Hayes says he came out to watch, "Mostly to see what the cattle markets gonna do. I'm not here to buy or sell just curiosity I guess."

First day sales in Lexington were light but not as bad as some had predicted.

Marty Lile says, "Of course everyone watches the Lexington markets-they're the largest in the state. And they didn't have the numbers but their prices hung on, and that's what we hope happens here."

Just before Christmas a case of Mad Cow disease farmers scared that they wouldn't be able to make money selling their cattle this year. But as the first day of trading resumes, farmers seem optimistic.

Jimmy White, is a farmer looking to buy, "I think it's gonna be fine just give it a little time and it should be fine.

That's the genera; consensus between buyers and sellers.

Frank Hayes says, "A lot of people are really concerned about this. As long as it stays confined to Washington I don't think cattle growers have got a whole lot to worry about."

Farmers here say they aren't afraid to buy.

Jimmy White says, "I'd buy, you know, if the right kind of pens come through you know what I'm trying to put together. Yeah, it wouldn't be no problem to buy."

So if the attitude stays positive and the turnout stays full the market here should not be affected.