The acronym BSE surfaced in the cattle industry last week after a sample from a downed cow in Northern Alberta was confirmed to have the disease on February 11th.

Well known Alberta rancher Stan Grad, one of the owners of Soderglen Ranches tells Rural Roots Canada he is pleased with how the industry and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have handled this case

“If you would have asked me that question 10 years ago, I would have been pretty concerned, but candidly we understand what creates the problem so none of us in agriculture in North America feed protein by-products. Silage, hay, grains that’s what we feed, so we’ve got no problem with the issue,” said Grad.

Grad says the CFIA has done a lot of great work for Canada.

The CFIA is currently investigating what caused this case and if other animals were infected, no timetable has been set for when the results of that investigation will be known.

To see the complete time-line of this case click here.

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