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News Update
July 8, 2005

Johanns Announces Farm Bill Forum Venues

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced yesterday the location of the next three U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm bill forums, including:

July 26 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST), North Dakota State Fair, Minot, N.D.

Aug. 3 — 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Minnesota Farm Fest, Redwood County, Minn.

Aug. 4 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, Wisc.

The public is also welcome to submit comments via the USDA Farm Bill Forums website at www.usda.gov/farmbill.

USDA Posts BSE Case Updates
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has posted the following updates regarding the state-federal epidemiological investigation of the 12-year-old Texas cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) June 24.

Daily updates, including the following, can be viewed at www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/epi-updates/bse-epi_report.html. Fact sheets, transcripts of news briefings, releases and reports regarding BSE are also available.

On July 6, USDA reported:
"A detailed inventory of the herd of origin for the positive cow and segregation of cattle of interest is progressing. Animals in the herd that were in similar birth groups as the infected animal and/or shared feed regimens are being evaluated and when identified are removed from the herd for testing. The infected animal’s last two calves are animals of interest, both of which are being traced through sale barn records.

DNA tests run on the index herd confirmed it is the herd of origin for the infected animal. Most of the marketed cattle from the farm were historically sold at two sale barns. Sales and vaccination records are being reviewed.

Veterinarians and Food and Drug Administration investigators are working cooperatively to review the history of feeds used, current feeding practices, and locations of feed sources."

On July 8, the USDA posted:
"A detailed inventory of the index herd and sorting of cattle of interest continues. On Wednesday, 29 adult animals were transported to a collection site. These animals were euthanized and sampled for BSE tests."

– Information provided by USDA.

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