Neal and Louise Grose
nlgrose at yadtel.net
Wed Dec 24 07:20:20 EST 2003
I really thought we had skated on BSE in this country, but I suppose it was bound to happen. This will make it a lot more trouble to slaughter sheep and market cattle, and for no real reason other than to reassure the public. The safe-guards to limit the spread of BSE are already in place, and have been for some time. Unless some idiot has been trying to by-pass the safe-guards, there will be no outbreak of cases.
Meat meal is not commonly used for feed for ruminants here in the U.S. because of the high relative cost of the meat meal compared to soybean meal. The exception to this are supplements for baby calves (which do require animal protein) BEFORE about ten years ago. It will be very interesting to see how this case of BSE plays out. The local news here is not as competent as the national news. I did hear some idiot use the words "contact with the infected animal".
At any rate Have a Great and Non-stressful Season all....just avoid the head cheese.
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To: Betty Berlenbach ; 'jacob-list'
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2003 6:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Jacob-list] http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=568&e=2&u=/nm/20031223/bs_nm/food_disease_madcow_dc
Bad science or bad bureaucracies are not what I was asking about
there was an article in the JSC Journal showing the genetics of susceptible
and non susceptible sheep. I removed your letter to me for a lack of knowledge
of your desire to have it posted to the list.
Koch's postulates quite clearly state, material from an infected animal
inoculated in a healthy animal causes disease. Material from a healthy
animal inoculated in a healthy animal does not cause the disease. When
the causative agent is known the same rules apply, the agent causes the
disease, the non agent, doesn't. If there is a genetic component, destroy
the sensitive animals, not the resistant ones. PROVIDED THE SCIENCE
The logic of feeding brains to herbivores escapes me. Better to feed that
material to our dogs at the top of the food chain rather than to our main staple.
Which ignorante executive came up with that idea? It has been known
for a great many years, don't eat brains, there is a big unknown risk there.
Again, how much stock can we place in the science that we
know the genetic sequence of the susceptible vs. resistant animals?
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