The announcement that mad cow disease was spotted in a California cow drew a rapid response this week from the beleaguered American beef industry, which has been enduring one crisis after another for more than a year.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The announcement that mad cow disease was spotted in a California cow drew a rapid response this week from the beleaguered American beef industry, which has been enduring one crisis after another for more than a year....
CALGARY – Ranchers in Alberta are on high alert as regulators have confirmed a single beef cow has been infected with mad cow disease, which could hurt efforts to improve the global health risk rating of Canadian cattle and the demand for domestic beef in key export markets.
Canadian ranchers still harbour painful memories of 2003, when regulators found a cow in Alberta was sick with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called mad cow disease. At that time, 40 countries placed export bans on Canadian beef.
By Christian Magoon:Mad cow disease was discovered in a dairy cow from central California, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This was the first case of mad cow disease in over six years and was found by the USDA's routine testing procedures.
Gray clouds gather near Greg Bowie’s Alberta ranch, but not a raindrop in sight.
Bowie’s 350-acre pasture is so thirsty that it hasn’t grown enough to feed his 100 cattle. He spent $3,600 in May to truck in hay.
“It basically doubles your cost on every animal every day,” Bowie, chairman of Alberta Beef Producers, said from his ranch near Ponoka. “The pasture and the hay land need considerably more moisture this time of year and we just haven’t had it.”
The sickness spread at funerals. The Fore people, a once-isolated tribe in eastern Papua New Guinea, had a long standing tradition of mortuary feasts — eating the dead from their own community at funerals.
Men consumed the flesh of their deceased relatives, while women and children ate the brain. It was an expression of respect for the lost loved ones, but the practice wreaked havoc on the communities they left behind.
The reemergence of mad cow disease, discovered in a California dairy cow, could have major implications for the state’s meat industry, even though officials have said that the human food supply is unaffected.