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Atypical BSE case detected among grass fed cattle in south Brazil

Tuesday, December 11th 2012 - 19:04 UTC
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A scientific commission from the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE, will commence in February to study the case of atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, BSE, reported in the south of Brazil among a herd of animals fed on grassland. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    The system of checks and prompt reports of problems in food animals in Brasil is to be applauded.

    Not so however the government comment that it 'does not believe in a chain reaction'. How can it possibly conclude that when they DON'T know what caused it?

    I was so surprised that this has arrived in a grass fed cow. I would hazard a guess that when the investigation is finished they will have found a limited use of animal protein in the food chain, possibly in the calf stage.

    To date there is no evidence of a genetic development, BSE has always been prion based and animal protein in feed related.

    There was nothing 'special' about the feed that caused this awful disease: it was DEFRA allowing the feed process temperatures to be reduced to save energy. THAT alone let the genie out of the bottle.

    Dec 11th, 2012 - 11:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    BSE is definitely in his (ChrisRetard) brain.

    Dec 12th, 2012 - 03:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    2 Fido DILDO

    Mmm. But I wonder WHAT is in your brain.

    It must be crowded in that small volume being stuffed with ludicrous thoughts somewhat akin to Pratt-Junta the Canadian who thinks he’s an argie and cannot keep on topic if his life depended upon it.

    Anyway DILDO, I notice you have not disagreed with my post for the simple reasons that:
    1) You know nothing of the relationship of prions, BSE and nerve tissue;
    2) You have no practical experience on a state of the art milking farm;
    3) You are too stupid to take in the concepts.

    I think that just about covers the situation.

    Peace and blessings be upon you, or something be upon you anyway.

    Dec 12th, 2012 - 11:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I understand your need to make a quick comment to receive notification, Fido, but your comment is amazingly predictable.

    Chris's comments are nicely balanced and well researched (or based on his personal knowledge).
    Go with the flow, Fido, and enjoy.

    Dec 12th, 2012 - 08:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    4 GeoffWard2

    A bit of both really. I was the vermin shooter on 1500 hectares of Cheshire 'bottom land' for a big friend of mine. Air rifle to start, 20b semiauto, 12b semiauto & O/U, 0.22 lr rf., 0.223 Rem rifle, 0.243 Win rifle, 0.308 Win rifle to cover starlings (about 3,000/year), pigeon, inc. feral (2,000/year), fox (about 10 / year) and deer (2 or 3 /year) to scare them off the wheat. Obviously I had a team of helpers.

    625,000 egg producing chickens in a Dutch Stilt System, 139 head and followers of pedigree Holsteins. All adults and calves ONLY fed on the farm produced foodstuffs.

    Never had any mass produced foodstuff for the dairy herd ever. 50 tonnes per day minimum of top specification, own blended chicken feed (my friend owned the feed company and the transport which ONLY dealt with his foodstuffs) and the result was he managed to escape the BSE problem completely.

    DEFRA held a national symposium on the premises to demonstrate how to go in the future. I and others of my family were guides for my friend and his family. That was where I learnt first-hand about the failure by DEFRA to resist calls for dropping the animal based protein processing temperatures. This was a real disgrace and was the cause of the problem.

    FD is the archetypal ‘angry man’ who loses his temper when someone who is not afraid to challenge him using knowledge and experience that he does not, and because of his attitude will never have, wins every time.

    AND I know that I shouldn’t mock him because of his failings but I don’t like the ‘retard’ jibe when the evidence which disproves it lies in my responses. ;o)

    Dec 12th, 2012 - 09:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    Here is ChrisRetard: from where and how he gets his info.

    Dec 13th, 2012 - 12:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Fido and I cross-communicate on a number of topics.
    Occasionally I agree with him (and he can make good points).
    More frequently he is rude.
    But it 'takes all types'.

    Sometimes I think he must be being ironic with his comments - you know, like B_K, a 'reverse-troll',
    because it's hard to believe that he actually believes much of what he says.
    But he is probably very nice to his mother.

    Dec 13th, 2012 - 10:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @6 Fido Dildo

    You just cannot help yourself can you?

    I bet your Brazilian girlfriend doesn't know what you get up to, or are you as stupid with her as you are on here?

    If so give her my condolences and my best wishes to find someone who will treat her properly.

    Peace and blessings be upon you. You have STILL to figure this out, haven't you?

    Dec 13th, 2012 - 11:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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