Beef Buzz News
USDA Now Searching For Cohorts and Offspring- Dr. John Clifford on BSE Case 4
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:22:04 CDT
USDA continues to do basic detective work on the California dairy cow reported as being positive for BSE- or what has been called Mad Cow Disease- earlier this week. On today's Beef Buzz, we hear from the Chief Veterinary Officer of the USDA- Dr. John Clifford- about the search for what are called Cohorts and Offspring. (His comments on going back and finding this cow's history are really interesting- and are worth your time to take a listen to- do so by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below)
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Dr. John Clifford of USDA on the California Dairy Cow Confirmed with BSE
On Thursday evening, USDA issued these latest facts on the case:
"On April 24, USDA confirmed the nation’s 4th case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in an animal that was sampled for the disease at a rendering facility in central California. This animal was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States. As the epidemiological investigation has progressed, USDA has continued to communicate findings in a timely and transparent manner.
"As a result of USDA’s ongoing epidemiological investigation, more information about the history and age of the animal is now available.
"The animal in question was 10 years and 7 months old and came from a dairy farm in Tulare County, Calif. The animal was humanely euthanized after it developed lameness and became recumbent. The animal’s carcass will be destroyed.
"It is important to reiterate that this animal was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, did not enter food supply channels, and at no time presented any risk to human health.
"USDA is continuing its epidemiological investigation and will provide additional information as it is available."
While in Washington earlier this week, we talked with Dr. John Clifford about the case- and how the traceback to the point of origin will go for this animal that was tested positive for an atypical strain of BSE. He told us that the current herdmates of the cow in the dairy herd she had most recently been a part of will not be purchased by USDA, killed and then tested- but rather the search will be to go back and find animals that were herdmates to this cow when she was a calf nine to ten years ago, as well as to find her calves if they are still alive.
We also discussed how this process may be easier because she is a dairy cow- and their traceback is often easier than with a beef animal. The case in point was the beef cow found in Alabama in 2006 that was an "atypical" case of BSE- her herd of origin was NEVER discovered. Dr. Clifford acknowledged that our current traceback ability in beef cattle is still limited- and needs to be improved.
Today's online version of the Beef Buzz is slightly longer than that heard on radio stations around the region, providing you complete comments on these topics from Dr. John Clifford.
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
Oklahoma National Stockyard's First Female General Manager Kelli Payne Showcases Market's Historical Significance Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:53:50 CDT
Secure Food Supply Plans Allow Farmers and Ranchers to Take Biosecurity into Their Own Hands Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:22:48 CDT
RMA's Haying and Grazing Date Adjustment Good News for Cattle Producers Badly in Need of Forages Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:40:04 CDT
NCBA's Scott Yager Touts Livestock Producers' Regulatory Relief from Superfund Law Under FARM Act Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:07:36 CDT
Market Watcher Derrell Peel Shares His Advice on How to Build Your Strategy Around Market's Mounting Volatility Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:05:52 CDT
Prospect of Higher Feed Costs Generating Both Challenges and Opportunities for Cattle Producers Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:01:21 CDT
Beef Industry Experts Don Close and Kent Bacus Explain Why Mandatory Labelling Isn't So "COOL" After All Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:36:49 CDT
Rabo Agrifinance’s Don Close Shares His Top Four “Unknown Unknowns” of the Beef Industry in 2019 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:29:13 CDT
Despite Minor Declines, US Beef Export Business Continues to Perform Well as Fringe Markets Grow Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:19:37 CDT
Cattle Market Under Pressure as Corn Plantings Continue to Struggle, Adding to Price Weakness Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:07:37 CDT
Government Cracks Down on Sue and Settle Tactics Employed by Environmental Activist Groups Tue, 11 Jun 2019 10:28:55 CDT
Industry Has Its Work Cut Out for Itself as Wildlife Service Weighs Listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:19:40 CDT
NCBA's Colin Woodall Calls Out Misconceptions About Fake Meat's Claims of 'Zero-Sum' Production Fri, 07 Jun 2019 10:49:24 CDT
Donnell Brown Proclaims Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:53:06 CDT
Generational Transfer Happens Whether We're Prepared for it or Not - So Why Not Plan Ahead Now Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:42:15 CDT
Food Industry Leader John Patrick Lopez Says Sharing Agriculture's Story is Everyone's Responsibility Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:15:01 CDT
OKC-Based Processor Behind McDonald's Non-Frozen Beef Menu Brings Chain Some Fresh Sizzle Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:57:26 CDT
China's African Swine Fever Problem Largely Seen as a Positive for US Ag- But What's the Downside Fri, 31 May 2019 10:20:36 CDT
Angus Dollar Value Index Upgraded to Meet Today's Economic Conditions, Dan Moser Explains Thu, 30 May 2019 10:59:45 CDT
Greenhouse Gas Guru, Mitloehner, Says Cow-Fart Protestors Spread More Manure than Beef Industry Wed, 29 May 2019 09:40:47 CDT
USDA Reports Highest May 1 Inventory of Cattle on Feed Since '96 - Derrell Peel Shares His Analysis Tue, 28 May 2019 10:21:29 CDT
Scott Yager Says Beef Industry Pushing Back on Green New Deal Plan to Eliminate Cattle Production Fri, 24 May 2019 10:38:05 CDT
Eco-Activists Muddy the Waters Again with New Supreme Court Filing as WOTUS Debate Wraps Up Thu, 23 May 2019 09:59:08 CDT
Rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe Defends Beef Industry's Proactive Efforts in Fighting Climate Change Wed, 22 May 2019 11:18:13 CDT
OSU's Market Watcher Derrell Peel Optimistic Stability will Return to Cattle Markets this Summer Tue, 21 May 2019 11:34:29 CDT
Japan Lifts 30-Month Rule on US Beef Imports, Creates Room for Potential $200M in Additional Value Mon, 20 May 2019 11:59:19 CDT
NCBA's Colin Woodall Encourages Producers to Hang Tough as US-China Trade Talks Flare Up Fri, 17 May 2019 12:08:49 CDT
US Meat Exports Fail to Meet Expectations During First Quarter of 2019, Will this Trend Continue? Thu, 16 May 2019 11:31:30 CDT
Time to Turn Heat Up on Trade Talks with Japan, Bacus Says It's Been on the Backburner Too Long Wed, 15 May 2019 09:50:39 CDT
US-China Tensions Flare as Trade Talks Near End, NCBA's Kent Bacus on Trump's Hardball Strategy Tue, 14 May 2019 10:36:10 CDT
Beef Industry Leaders Form International Coalition to Advocate for USMCA's Speedy Ratification Mon, 13 May 2019 10:45:22 CDT
Donnell Brown Proclaims Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There Fri, 10 May 2019 05:37:48 CDT
Slow Corn Planting Caused by Recent Rains Dampen Spirits in Cattle Industry, Derrell Peel Explains Thu, 09 May 2019 10:42:38 CDT
Generational Transfer Happens Whether We're Prepared for it or Not - So Why Not Plan Ahead Now Wed, 08 May 2019 10:08:19 CDT
Food Industry Leader John Patrick Lopez Says Sharing Agriculture's Story is Everyone's Responsibility Tue, 07 May 2019 10:55:34 CDT