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A Western blot analysis, used to detect specific proteins in tissue samples, is used to confirm BSE in cattle. (Peggy Greb photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Scotland identifies ‘classical’ BSE case

London | Reuters -- Scotland's government said on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) had been discovered on a farm in Aberdeenshire, the first in Britain since 2015. A quarantine area has been put in place around the farm while inspectors try to identify the origin of the disease. "I have activated […] Read more

All producers raising beef or dairy cattle between 2003 and 2005 would be eligible for a share of the award if the suit is successful.

BSE class-action suit takes another step

Legal: News Roundup from the June 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The BSE class-action lawsuit against the federal government launched on behalf of producers that was moving toward a possible trial date last fall is still moving through the courts. Duncan Boswell, a senior partner with Gowling WLG in Toronto, says an amended litigation plan was approved by the court on April 30 and offers hope […] Read more


Another BSE irritant bites the dust

Another BSE irritant bites the dust

Trade: News Roundup from the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Anyone dinged with discounts on cull cows headed to the U.S. because they couldn’t document the animal was born after March 1, 1999, will have reason to rejoice over an easing of this export policy last month. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has long argued that it no longer makes sense to require the individual age […] Read more

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CCA Report: Unleashing our growth potential

From the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Those of us in agriculture understand the importance of the industry in terms of economic contribution to Canada’s GDP but oftentimes it seems that clout is overshadowed by other equally key industries. That’s why I was pleased to see agriculture featured prominently in the recent Advisory Council on Economic Growth report. The report, Unleashing the […] Read more


Comment: The system works

Our BSE protective curtain is on show with Case 19

Just when we thought we were slipping out from under the weight of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) it pulls us back in. I’m pretty sure every cattle producer and anyone connected with the beef industry clinched when they heard another positive cow had turned up in Alberta last month. After four years of negative tests […] Read more

Dr. David Westaway

Making headway on prion diseases

The search for answers about how BSE and other TSE prions work is still ongoing at the Alberta Prion Research Institute

As the Alberta Prion Research Institute (APRI) enters its 10th year it seems as good a time as any to look back on what has been learned and what it sees ahead in the prevention of prion diseases. Set up by the province in 2005 in response to the disaster brought down on the cattle […] Read more