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Scotland identifies ‘classical’ BSE case

London | Reuters — Scotland’s government said on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) had been discovered on a farm in Aberdeenshire, the first in Britain since 2015. A quarantine area has been put in place around the farm while inspectors try to identify the origin of the disease. “I have activated […] Read more

A class-action lawsuit is seeking $8 billion in damages from the federal government for losses to cattle producers.

Long-running BSE class-action lawsuit grinds on

It’s now hoped the suit against the federal government will go to trial in September 2019

A class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for losses cattle producers suffered during the BSE crisis is now expected to go to trial in September 2019. The lawsuit is seeking $8 billion in damages from the federal government for losses incurred when the U.S. border was closed to Canadian cattle from 2003 to 2005. It has been […] Read more


A decade on, BSE lawsuit may finally go to trial

$8-billion class-action suit says Ottawa should have done more

It’s been more than a decade since it started, but a class-action suit against the federal government for damages incurred as a result of BSE could be going to trial by the end of the year. “We had the first round of discoveries for 2015 and various questions arose from that, that there were outstanding […] Read more

Ongoing testing key to preventing BSE

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 […] Read more


By binding a cognate antibody (a portion of which is shown in green) to a deer prion (salmon coloured) researchers were able to determine the three-dimensional structure of the prion protein.

Researchers take aim at chronic wasting disease

Finding out why prions misfold is key to finding a treatment for CWD and BSE

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) threatens populations of mule deer, whitetail deer, and elk throughout the Prairies, and scientists are working hard towards finding a solution Like bovine spongiform encephalopathy, CWD is caused by the misfolding of a mysterious class of proteins known as prions. While researchers are not clear on the function of prions in […] Read more

The big two irrigated crops seeing some competition

Forages and cereals still dominate irrigated 
acreage, but oilseeds and specialty crops 
are growing in popularity

Each year, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development publishes a compilation of all 13 of the province’s irrigation districts’ data for the previous year. The latest figures show cereals and forages (pasture, hay and silage crops) still account for two-thirds of the 1,390,000 acres in the districts, but the trend is clear — forage production isn’t […] Read more


Surveillance and BSE testing is more important than ever, CFIA official Craig Price said at the recent Alberta Beef Industry Conference.

Officials stress need for testing

The latest BSE case only increases the need for Canada to test 30,000 animals yearly

Keep calm and carry on testing. That’s the message going out to producers following the latest case of BSE in an Alberta cow. “At times like this, it’s as important, if not more so, to continue with surveillance and be vigilant,” Canadian Food Inspection Agency official Craig Price told attendees at the recent Alberta Beef […] Read more