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US To Reach Regional BSE Survey Goals By End July -Source



WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. Department of Agriculture is on track to

reach all of its regional testing goals throughout the U.S. for bovine

spongiform encephalopathy by the end of July, a senior U.S. government official

said Tuesday.



"All the goals nationwide will be reached by the end of this month," said the

official, who asked not to be named.



USDA has already tested far more cattle for the brain wasting disease,

commonly called mad-cow, than it originally said was needed to get an accurate

picture of BSE prevalence in the U.S., but officials have kept it going to make

sure that each region of the country was adequately addressed.



In an interview with reporters last week, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns

said he has enough funding to operate the enhanced surveillance program through

August.



"We have been working to make sure that in (the) surveillance program we're

touching all of the necessary bases - the regions of the country," Johanns

said.



A USDA report released in May said cattle in the Northwest region of the U.S.

may be at higher risk for exposure to BSE because of their proximity to western

Canada, where the infection of four North American cases originated.



Since that report was released, a fifth was found with no known link to

Canada. That case was found in a cow that was born and raised in Texas.



When USDA implemented its enhanced surveillance program more than 13 months

ago, USDA officials predicted it would run 12-18 months and one of the goals

was to test 268,000 "targeted high-risk" cattle. Since June 1, 2004, USDA has

tested 405,976 of those cattle.



In March 2004 Ron DeHaven, then deputy administrator for USDA's APHIS, said

he believed there were only about 446,000 animals in the U.S. that fell under

the "targeted high-risk population" designation for BSE. And if the USDA were

able to test 268,000 of those animals, it would get a 99% degree of confidence

that it could find one positive animal in 10 million if it existed.



USDA found its first case of BSE in December 2003 at a time when it was

testing 20,000 cattle a year for the disease. That cow, it was later revealed,

had been born and likely infected in Canada. The second case of BSE was found

in Texas and an investigation is still ongoing.



-By Bill Tomson; Dow Jones Newswires; 202-646-0088; [email protected]
 

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Oldtimer said:
Since that report was released, a fifth was found with no known link to

Canada. That case was found in a cow that was born and raised in Texas.



When USDA implemented its enhanced surveillance program more than 13 months

ago, USDA officials predicted it would run 12-18 months and one of the goals

was to test 268,000 "targeted high-risk" cattle. Since June 1, 2004, USDA has

tested 405,976 of those cattle.


But the testing is of questionable value without the use of the Western Blot.

Funny thing is they used it right away on the Washington cow and 7 months later on the Texas cow.Any one know why that was.
 

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frenchie said:
Oldtimer said:
Since that report was released, a fifth was found with no known link to

Canada. That case was found in a cow that was born and raised in Texas.



When USDA implemented its enhanced surveillance program more than 13 months

ago, USDA officials predicted it would run 12-18 months and one of the goals

was to test 268,000 "targeted high-risk" cattle. Since June 1, 2004, USDA has

tested 405,976 of those cattle.


But the testing is of questionable value without the use of the Western Blot.

Funny thing is they used it right away on the Washington cow and 7 months later on the Texas cow.Any one know why that was.

And then ONLY because Phyllis stepped in. :???: :???: :???:
 

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Shouldn't the USDA have to repeat the testing every year for a few years now that they have found a native case of BSE. Why should the rest of the affected countries have to keep on with the testing to find true prevalence but the US only has to do a 14 month run on testing. June 2004 to Aug 2005 Is the plan still to drop back to 40,000 head a year? thats 10,000 more than Canada has to test in a herd 7 times the size really true picture there boys. :roll: :roll: But of course you do have R-CALF to round up the number for you so it will look like you are testing about 150,000 more head annually over what Canada is testing right. :x
 

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Tam said:
Shouldn't the USDA have to repeat the testing every year for a few years now that they have found a native case of BSE. Why should the rest of the affected countries have to keep on with the testing to find true prevalence but the US only has to do a 14 month run on testing. June 2004 to Aug 2005 Is the plan still to drop back to 40,000 head a year? thats 10,000 more than Canada has to test in a herd 7 times the size really true picture there boys. :roll: :roll: But of course you do have R-CALF to round up the number for you so it will look like you are testing about 150,000 more head annually over what Canada is testing right. :x

At one time, the USDA testified that they tested 200,000 head and Canada 40,000. Yep, you're right, R-CALF is lying - 160,000 more were tested.
 

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Tam said:
Shouldn't the USDA have to repeat the testing every year for a few years now that they have found a native case of BSE. Why should the rest of the affected countries have to keep on with the testing to find true prevalence but the US only has to do a 14 month run on testing. June 2004 to Aug 2005 Is the plan still to drop back to 40,000 head a year? thats 10,000 more than Canada has to test in a herd 7 times the size really true picture there boys. :roll: :roll: But of course you do have R-CALF to round up the number for you so it will look like you are testing about 150,000 more head annually over what Canada is testing right. :x
This has nothing to do with R-Calf and everything to do with objectives set before the announcement of the Texas cow. Don't expect testing to decline in the US anytime soon.
 

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Sandhusker said:
Tam said:
Shouldn't the USDA have to repeat the testing every year for a few years now that they have found a native case of BSE. Why should the rest of the affected countries have to keep on with the testing to find true prevalence but the US only has to do a 14 month run on testing. June 2004 to Aug 2005 Is the plan still to drop back to 40,000 head a year? thats 10,000 more than Canada has to test in a herd 7 times the size really true picture there boys. :roll: :roll: But of course you do have R-CALF to round up the number for you so it will look like you are testing about 150,000 more head annually over what Canada is testing right. :x

At one time, the USDA testified that they tested 200,000 head and Canada 40,000. Yep, you're right, R-CALF is lying - 160,000 more were tested.

Annually means repeated for more than one year. The US only tested 57147 head in the first eleven years of testing while Canada tested 16291 head so how does that qualify the statement Leo made about the US tests 150,000 head more ANNUALLY than Canada does. Yes in 2004 the US tested 176,468 and Canada tested 23550 head but that is one year not annually and considering the US herd is 7 times the size the US should have tested 164850 to be testing the same percentage. again that doesn't qualify his statement. :x
 

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