Oldtimer- "I know there has been no push or program locally for testing anything on farm--I don't even know if they are lined up to take samples- I know I probably wouldn't if I had to pay the vet bill and the testing cost- just to have it probably come back rabies..... "
As per the USDA site: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bs ... g/faq.html
The goal of the program is to test as many cattle from the high-risk population as possible in a 12- to 18-month period. In order to reach as many high-risk cattle as possible, samples will be taken from the farm, slaughter facilities, rendering facilities, livestock auctions, veterinary clinics, and public health laboratories.
The goal of the enhanced surveillance program is to provide consumers, trading partners, and industry increased assurances about animal health, specifically whether BSE exists in the U.S. cattle population and if so, at what level.
A. USDA personnel will collect samples from high-risk cattle and send the samples to an existing network of state and Federal laboratories approved to conduct rapid-testing for BSE.
Samples will be collected from any of the following locations:
State- or federally inspected slaughter establishments
Custom-exempt slaughter establishments
Veterinary diagnostic laboratories
Animal feed slaughter facilities (pet food plants)
Public health laboratories
APHIS needs cooperation from its many partners in this intensive testing program. To reach our goal, it is essential that animals identified as high-risk cattle are reported in a timely fashion so that viable samples can be collected.
To report high-risk animals, call APHIS’ toll–free number 1–866–536–7593. You will be connected to the Area Veterinarian-in-Charge and given instructions on how to proceed.
Q. What are high-risk animals?
A. Experience in Europe has shown that testing high-risk cattle is the method most likely to identify BSE if it is present. Therefore, USDA has tailored its testing program to collect the majority of samples from the following categories:
Cattle exhibiting signs of a central nervous system disorder;
Cattle exhibiting other signs that may be associated with BSE, such as emaciation or injury; and
USDA personnel will also sample all cattle condemned on ante-mortem inspection by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
How many "rabid" cows have you had Oldtimer?
Have you contacted the 1-800 to ask if you have to pay the vet and testing?
You must have missed all the media releases about:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has implemented an intensive national testing program for BSE.