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U.S. livestock: Live cattle rise as Japan drops U.S. beef import curbs

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) closed higher on Friday, buoyed by news that Japan will eliminate long-held restrictions on U.S. beef imports, traders said. The agreement reopens full beef trade after Japan in 2003 banned U.S. beef over concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), which roiled […] Read more



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