Author: Rae Hathaway
|The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's confirmed a cow from Gimli has tested positive for BSE. It's the first case reported in Manitoba.
Keystone Agricultural Producers Vice President Ian Wishart of Portage notes Canada remains a country of low incidence.
He believes there's always the possibility of BSE showing up in older cattle. However, he's confident within a generation or two cattle, the disease will be eliminated, thanks to new regulations on feed.
Wishart doesn't think there's cause for concern because of the cow's age. He also thinks this is a sign the Canadian monitoring system is working.
Wishart adds it would take a significant number of cases within two to three years to trigger any border closures.