Beef Buzz News
USDA Looking at Different Path for FMD Response in the US
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:45:21 CST
Flying under the radar, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA is signaling a significant change in its response to a potential Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak, recognizing that suppressing a widespread outbreak in a timely manner would be difficult to achieve, and too costly for both the industry and for the government.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with USDA Chief Vet Dr. John Clifford
We have not had a case of FMD in the US since the 1920s- but we have watched millions of animals destroyed in other countries like the United Kingdom in recent years in an effort to bring the disease under control. Click here to read more about the 2001 outbreak of FMD in the southern part of Great Britain.
To this point, the plan on the books for the US is if FMD was discovered- to depopulate animals in an infected area- indemnify owners of those animals and attempt to control all movement in and out of infected areas.
At the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, the Chief Veterinarian for USDA, Dr. John Clifford, explained that extensive vaccination is the direction that USDA wants to take the country in case of a potential FMD outbreak. He adds that a massive depopulation campaign in the immediate aftermath of an FMD or other foreign animal disease event “wouldn’t be tolerated and we can’t afford it, frankly, and we can’t even do it.” Because FMD poses no threat to human health, Dr. Clifford believes that “animals recovered from FMD should be able to be slaughtered and the meat used."
Comments from Dr. John Clifford's presentation at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville are heard in this special edition of the Beef Buzz.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
right-click to download mp3
WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI
U.S. Beef Going to China, Despite Decade Long BSE Ban Unresolved Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:39:23 CDT
NCBA Calls Out Administration for Picking Politics over Science in Allowing Beef from South America Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:41:06 CDT
Australian Drought Leads to Massive Herd Liquidation, While Helping U.S. Beef Supplies Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:14:26 CDT
NCBA is Ready to Take EPA to Court Over WOTUS- Colin Woodall Tells All Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:46:09 CDT
NCBA Urges Senate to Repeal COOL, Before Retaliation Starts Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:17:12 CDT
With Congress Passing TPA, Attention Moves to Finalizing Trans Pacific Partnership Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:58:22 CDT
Beef Production Gaining Efficiency, While Reducing Environmental Impact Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:15:32 CDT
OSU’s Dr. Place Calls Sustainability - a 'Wicked Problem' for Beef Industry Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:38:58 CDT
Placements Smaller Than Expected in Latest Cattle on Feed Report- Tom Leffler Explains Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:04:13 CDT
Peel Reviews First Half of 2015 and Provides Outlook for Cattle Producers Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:23:43 CDT
NCBA Lobbyist Colin Woodall Talks TPA and COOL- Hoping for Congressional Resolution on Both Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:51:15 CDT
'Red Ink' Will Continue for Feedlots for Remainder of 2015, Tonsor Says Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:02:23 CDT
Tonsor Reviews Latest WASDE Report and Cattle Feeding Returns for Rest of 2015 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:02:04 CDT
USDA E. Coli Research Projects Aim to Improve Food Safety by Monitoring and Mitigating STEC Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:52:23 CDT
Farm Bureau Calls Clean Water Rule Life Changing for Farmers and Ranchers Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:24:44 CDT
House Repeals Mandatory COOL- Opponents Vow Battle in Senate Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:58:26 CDT
Long Term Impacts of BRD in Feedlot Cattle Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:12:25 CDT
BRD - A Complex and Deadly Blow for Cattle Producers Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:33:23 CDT
Preventing BRD in Calves Starts at the Ranch Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:00:40 CDT
Legacy of the Late Richard Gebhart Continues Through Junior Leadership Program Fri, 05 Jun 2015 12:37:49 CDT
Remembering Richard Gebhart and His Desire to Give Back to the Beef Cattle Industry Thu, 04 Jun 2015 06:25:57 CDT
NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Retaliation Over COOL Will Hurt More Than Beef Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:57:02 CDT
Peel Says Drought Reset Spurs Herd Expansion in Southern Plains Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:51:34 CDT
Voting Underway for Beef Checkoff ROI Video Contest Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 CDT
OCA's Michael Kelsey Says Oklahoma Considering State Beef Checkoff Fri, 29 May 2015 17:54:31 CDT
Chandler Keys Says Cattlemen Should Bypass Congress for Beef Checkoff Increase Thu, 28 May 2015 17:11:58 CDT
Peel Gives Green Light for Herd Expansion for Next Three Plus Years Wed, 27 May 2015 17:52:51 CDT
Peel Foresees Another Great Year for Herd Rebuilding Tue, 26 May 2015 19:59:21 CDT
Protect the Harvest Tackles Animal Rights Activists Over 'Right to Farm' in Oklahoma Fri, 22 May 2015 12:26:55 CDT
Bob Langert Defines the 3-P's of Sustainability: People, Planet, Profit Tue, 26 May 2015 14:16:21 CDT
Former McDonald's Exec Says Consumers Want to Feel Good About Their Food Tue, 26 May 2015 14:52:11 CDT
NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Congress Needs to Repeal COOL Quickly or Retaliation Inevitable Tue, 19 May 2015 12:44:10 CDT
Jay Truitt Says It's Time to Put the "Death Tax" in the Ground Mon, 18 May 2015 16:38:47 CDT
Tight Supplies, Strong Dollar Continues to Impact Beef Exports Thu, 14 May 2015 14:26:04 CDT
COOL Ruling Could Have Consequences for U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Wed, 13 May 2015 14:38:41 CDT