HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's nationally recognized veterinary laboratory is preparing more than 6,000 cattle for export to Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the next two months, Ag Secretary Dennis Wolff said.
All of the cattle were blood tested for diseases through the lab to meet rigid export requirements and to ensure animal and human safety.
"We commend the efforts of those working in the vet laboratory who efficiently and accurately conducted the testing on such a large number of animals," Wolff said. "Facilitating this large export is good for Pennsylvania agriculture and the state's economy."
In 2006, the state exported nearly $23 million in livestock, ranking it in the top 20 nationally in live animal and meat exports.