Feed link to Irish BSE case ruled out

Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has confirmed a case of classical BSE in a five year old rare breed dairy cow on a farm in County Louth (ATN June 19th).

The resultant investigation, which saw the animal’s cohort of 67 animals culled, ruled out a vertical transmission from dam to offspring. Nor did it find any evidence of feed manufacturing and the feed supply chain being contributory factor – “the evidence gathered supports the view that this is well controlled”.

Rather, the DAFM investigation has “confirmed that this is an indigenous case, born and reared in Ireland. The identification of classical BSE cases after the implementation of the reinforced ban on the feeding of meat and bone meal is not unprecedented. A diminishing number of such cases have been identified in Ireland and in other countries over the years.”