Monthly Archives: April 2012
On Tuesday USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford released a statement that read “As part of our targeted surveillance system, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the nation’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California… Samples from the animal in question were tested at USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. Confirmatory results using immunohistochemistry and western blot tests confirmed the animal was positive for atypical BSE, a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.
The USDA cattle-on-feed report on Friday showed a total inventory of cattle on feed showed that as of April 1 there were 11.482 million head of cattle on feed, 2% more than a year ago and in line with pre-report estimates. Feedlot operators placed 1.792 million head on feed during March, 6.4% less than a year ago but 1.3 points higher than pre-report estimates. The higher than expected placements were offset by larger than expected marketings.