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Cattle industry officials say testing is doing its job
By BECKY BOHRER – AP Farm Writer – 03/14/06
Helena Independent Record
BILLINGS — Cattle industry leaders on Monday said confirmation of a new case of mad cow disease in this country shows that the U.S. testing and surveillance program works. They also said consumers could remain confident in the safety of the beef they eat.
‘‘If a BSE report can be a positive thing, it is a positive thing,’’ said Steve West, executive vice president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. ‘‘It shows the protocol worked and continues to guarantee the safest food supply in the world.’’
BSE refers to the formal name for mad cow disease, which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed the third case of mad cow disease in this country, in an animal in Alabama. An investigation was ongoing.
Hong Kong suspends beef imports from Swift
Copyright © 2006 AP Online
Published Saturday, March 11th, 2006
The Associated Press
HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong has suspended imports from a U.S. beef processing company after discovering its products contained bones prohibited under regulations aimed at protecting against mad cow disease, the government said.
Protecting agriculture requires planning
By Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M
North Texas E_NEWS
Mar 14, 2006
AMARILLO – Close examination is taking place to determine what is needed to protect the region’s approximate $5.7 billion agriculture industry and prepare for a disaster, whether caused by terrorism or from Mother Nature.
Mad Cow Disease Timeline
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is recognized as a new disease in cattle.
The U.K. government makes BSE a notifiable disease. Suspected cases must be investigated and reported.
The U.K. bans the feeding of ruminant-derived meat and bone meal (MBM) protein to ruminants.
The U.K. introduces a compulsory slaughter and compensation scheme for detected cases.
Fresh BSE Outbreak Puts Imports of U.S. Beef on Hold
A fresh outbreak of mad cow disease in the U.S. is likely to halt the resumption of beef imports from the country originally scheduled for next month. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed that a cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the third confirmed case in the country.
Balanced Scorecard For Beef
by Ed Haag
Harvard Business School appears light-years from the open range cattle country of America, but Barry Dunn, executive director of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM), Texas A&M University–Kingsville, is convinced that applying one set of Ivy League business principles to beef production could revolutionize the industry.
Ag exports grow 16 percent in 2005
The Business Journal of Milwaukee –
2:48 PM CST Monday
Agricultural exports from Wisconsin totaled $1.3 billion in 2005, a 16 percent increase from last year, Gov. Jim Doyle said Monday.
The increase moved the state up the national rankings to 11th place, from 18th in 2004. Agriculture is the state’s fourth largest export category at $1.3 billion, not including farm machinery.
BVD: It’s Time to Get Serious
Story & photos by Troy Smith
During recent years, bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) has been a popular subject of discussion at beef producer meetings. The disease has received increasingly frequent coverage among livestock publications. But despite the availability of new information about the prevalence and economic impact of BVD, many cow-calf producers aren’t taking it seriously.
US confirms third mad cow case
Mon Mar 13, 4:28 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States confirmed its third case of mad cow disease after testing a dead animal from a cattle herd in Alabama, but insisted to the world that its beef is safe.
John Clifford, the USDepartment of Agriculture’s chief veterinary officer, confirmed a positive result for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). But he stressed that the animal had not entered the human or cattle food chains.