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Researchers detect prions with skin tests

Research: News Roundup from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Researchers have successfully detected prions in inoculated rodents using two methods, Science Daily reports. Prions are protein particles that cause BSE in cattle, chronic wasting disease in elk and deer, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Right now detecting the disease is difficult, generally requiring a biopsy or autopsy so brain tissue can be examined. Dr. […] Read more






Florida finds atypical BSE case

Chicago | Reuters — A six-year-old beef cow in Florida tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. The animal tested positive for atypical H-type BSE on Aug. 26 at the Colorado State University’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory, as part of routine surveillance of cattle that are found to […] 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

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

Alabama finds atypical BSE case

Reuters — An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The cow tested positive for the atypical L-type of BSE after exhibiting clinical signs at an Alabama livestock market, USDA said in a press release. Atypical BSE can arise spontaneously in cattle herds, […] Read more



More BSE tests, no BSE seen in 2016

Canadian beef cattle producers handed over more samples in 2016 than in 2015 to be tested for BSE, turning up zero cases of the brain-wasting disease. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association on Monday reported 27,346 samples were submitted to the national BSE surveillance program in 2016 — up four per cent from 26,285 in 2015, but […] Read more