Daily Archives: July 7, 2006

Brain-Wasting Proteins May Affect Heart

Brain-Wasting Proteins May Affect Heart


THURSDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) — Mice infected with the agent of scrapie — a brain-wasting disease of sheep — suffered heart damage and had high levels of the scrapie agent in their heart about two years after they were infected in the brain, a new U.S. study finds.

The finding suggests that heart infection may be a previously unrecognized aspect of scrapie. The study may also lead to a better understanding of an illness in humans called human amyloid heart disease.


Mix dry materials with wet ethanol byproducts to increase storage life

Mix dry materials with wet ethanol byproducts to increase storage life

Gothenburg Times
July 07, 2006

LINCOLN—Wet byproducts from ethanol production are tricky to store for later use as cattle feed because of their high moisture content and threat of spoilage, but mixing them with drier, bulkier feeds improves storability, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln research.

UNL animal scientists have just completed research that devised formulas for mixing several widely available dry forages with wet distillers grains. Their findings could help feedlot managers and cow-calf producers purchase wet distillers grains during the summer when their plentiful supply can mean lower prices and safely store them for use later in the season, or for winter feeding.


Producers told to watch for anthrax

Producers told to watch for anthrax

By SDSU Extension
Minnesota Farm Guide
Thursday, July 6, 2006 4:12 PM CDT

BROOKINGS, S.D. – With dry conditions present in central South Dakota already this summer, a South Dakota State University specialist is urging cattle producers to watch herds closely for death losses due to anthrax and to protect herds with anthrax vaccinations if possible.

SDSU Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly said South Dakota experienced an unprecedented number of confirmed anthrax cases during the summer of 2005.


Prion Find Points Way To Test For Human ‘Mad Cow’ Disease

Prion Find Points Way To Test For Human ‘Mad Cow’ Disease

Science Daily

In the July 7, 2006, issue of the journal Science, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) describe experiments that may soon lead to a test that will enable medical science to estimate how many people are infected with the human form of mad cow disease, which can take as long as 40 years before manifesting itself.


Dorgan meets with farmers over drought conditions

Dorgan meets with farmers over drought conditions

Bismarck Tribune

ZEELAND – For 24-year-old Wes Mastel, the impact of a severe drought goes beyond dried-up pastures, bone-dry watering holes and grass fires.

The drought that has devastated parts of south central North Dakota this summer has forced him to sell his entire herd of 114 cattle.

Selling his livelihood is a last resort after giving up on hauling water five miles one way for his cattle and having his pasture wither away into a brown mess.

“I’m running out of options,” Mastel said.

He was one of between 140 and 150 farmers and ranchers who met in Zeeland to hear Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., outline a strategy to help them.


USDA won’t send inspectors to Canada

USDA won’t send inspectors to Canada

Illinois Farm Bureau

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is confident in Canada’s food safety measures and will not send any experts to take part in Canada’s investigation of its latest case of mad cow disease.

USDA chief veterinarian John Clifford in a statement said, “Based on our confidence of the food safety measures in place in Canada and our previous audits of their system, we have determined that it is not necessary to send any U.S. experts to participate in the epidemiologic investigation at this time.”


Canada cows complicate US, Seoul beef trade: source

Canada cows complicate US, Seoul beef trade: source

Yahoo Canada News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – South Korea has told the Bush administration it will not resume beef trade until U.S. slaughterhouses segregate Canadian beef products, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

South Korea closed its borders to U.S. beef in December 2003 after the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was reported. The United States has since brought into effect a number of food preparation safeguards but South Korean government officials are concerned about the effects of mingling U.S. and Canadian beef.