The FAS Quito supported Ecuador cattle buying mission to Texas and Florida (April 3-14, 2015) resulted in a $739,000 government purchase of beef and dairy cattle, far exceeding the earlier purchase estimate of $250,000 (50 animals). This remarkable sale marks the first export of U.S. live cattle to South America since the 2003 occurrence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States. Minister of Agriculture Javier Ponce led the team that purchased 167 bulls and heifers. Ecuador plans to purchase 20,000 to 30,000 head of cattle over the next three years. Ecuadorian dairy farmers and cattle ranchers indicate to FAS Quito their intent to make significant U.S. live cattle purchases.