Cattle producers are being reminded of the importance of participating in the BSE surveillance program.
“I can’t see why anyone would not participate in it,” said Darrel Rutt, a longtime cattle rancher in the Valleyview area. “A lot of people went through a lot of work in the following years to create access back into the markets that had closed to us because of the outbreak. Without this ongoing surveillance program, I feel we are in danger of losing or being severely restricted to the markets we’ve reopened.”
Any animals suspected of having BSE should be reported to a veterinarian.
The program offers free veterinary visits for sample collection and free testing.