National feeder and stocker cattle report – Capital Press

Steers and heifers were lightly tested due to limited receipts during Thanksgiving week.





(Federal-State Market News)

St. Joseph, Mo.

Nov. 23

This week Last week 2017 (Hd)

118,200 368,400 101,900

Compared to last week, steers and heifers were lightly tested this week due to limited receipts during Thanksgiving holiday week even though some auctions did hold specials on Monday and Tuesday this week.

In the rolling hills of North Central Mo., at Green City Livestock Auction, demand was very good on backgrounded yearling steers weighing mostly 750 to 950 lbs with those weights trading in a very tight price range. In fact, the weighted average price for those steers varied by only 1.64/cwt. Reputation stock on hand there as a load this year weighing 830 lbs sold at 163.00, while last year’s top in the 800 to 850 lbs category was a load weighing 828 lbs at 164.50.

Very similar cattle — very similar price. Feeder cattle receipts were lower this week due to the holiday, however packers needed to purchase for a full harvest next week.

This week so far, packers purchased 111,133 head of fed steers and heifers in the 5-Area at higher prices than last week. Compared to last week, live trades in the Southern Plains were 2.00 to 3.00 higher at 116.00 to 117.00.

Dressed sales in Nebraska traded 2.00 to mostly 7.00 higher at 180.00 to mostly 185.00.

Wednesday’s Cattle on Feed report was bullish placements as the on feed was reported at 103 percent of a year ago; placements at 94 and marketing’s at 105 percent respectively.

Also on Wednesday, the cold storage report listed total pounds of red meat in freezers down 1 percent from last month and last year. Total pounds of beef in freezers were up 2 percent from last month and last year at 515.4 million pounds. Frozen pork supplies were down 3 percent from last month at 570.6 million pounds and down 5 percent from last year. Total pounds of chicken came in at 942.9 million pounds, up 8 percent from last year. Auction volume this week included 38 percent weighing over 600 lbs and 41 percent heifers.

National Slaughter

Cattle Summary

Nov. 16

Slaughter cattle trade mostly steady in the Southern plains, in Nebraska live sales were 2.00-3.00 lower while dressed trades fully 2.00 lower.

Boxed Beef prices as of Friday afternoon averaged 205.24 down 1.72 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is 15.34. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday afternoon totaled 40,915. Last week’s total head count was 107,771.

Midwest Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers: 111.50-112.50.

Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: 177.00-178.00.

South Plains Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers: 114.00.

Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding Prices): Slaughter cows and bulls traded mostly steady with exception of the Southeast as much as 5.00 higher. Packer demand moderate. Cutter Cow Carcass Cut-out Value on Friday was 154.33 down 0.18 from last Friday.

Northwest Weighted

Direct Feeder Cattle

Nov. 21

This week Last week 2017(Hd)

759 762 352

Compared to last week: Feeder cattle and calves lightly tested with a higher undertone noted. Demand moderate to good. Supply included 78 percent over 600 lbs and 26 percent heifers. Unless otherwise stated prices are FOB weighting points with 2-3 percent shrink or equivalent and a 5-10 cent slide on calves and a 4-12 cent slide on yearlings from base weights. Current sales are up to 14 days delivery.

Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1

260 Head: Avg Wt 600 lbs; Avg Price 154.69; Current Del

89 Head: Avg Wt 700 lbs; Avg Price 159.00; Current Del

90 Head: Avg Wt 750lbs; Avg Price 145.00; Current Del

120 Head: Avg Wt 900 lbs; Avg Price 132.00; Current Del

Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1

80 Head: Avg Wt 580 lbs; Avg Price 146.00; Current Del

70 Head: Avg Wt 610 lbs; Avg Price 142.00; Current Del

50 Head: Avg Wt 675 lbs; Avg Price 138.00 Current Del




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What minerals are required by the dairy cow during the dry period? – Agriland

What minerals are required by the dairy cow during the dry period?

Dairy farmers are being reminded of the important role of dry cow management, in particular nutrition, when looking to the future in terms of health and productivity.

This was the message from the Keenan workshop held in Co. Wicklow, on Thursday last, November 23. The workshops are operated under the company’s ‘Focus for 150’ programme, which focuses on the period around calving.

On the day, four key pillars surrounding the dry period were discussed. These were: management; minerals; body condition score; and nutrition.

Speaking at the event, Alltech’s Richard Dudgeon explained the importance of minerals in the dry-cow diet.

“The importance of the dry-cow period is to build up the reserve of minerals in cows because – once she calves – a lot of the problems happen in the first couple of days post calving. So, she needs the right amount of nutrients so she can cope with those challenges.

Alltech’s Richard Dudgeon

“So, if we elevate the immunity of those cows, they are better able to cope with the challenges during the dry-cow period and post calving,” he added.

Minerals are divided into two main areas – major minerals and trace minerals.

Major minerals:

  • Magnesium (Mg);
  • Calcium (Ca);
  • Phosphorus (P);
  • Sodium (Na);
  • Potassium (K).

Richard focused on three of the most important minerals during the dry period – Mg, K and Ca.

“Mg is important to prevent challenges such as milk fever. And, the levels we’re targeting are 30g/cow/day or – if you’re feeding a bagged mineral – you’re looking at 20-25% of Mg in the bag; that means a cow will be getting 30g/day.

“Another mineral we need to look at is K. In an Irish sense, we’re feeding silage during the dry period. So generally, what we see in grass silage are higher levels of K and that’s related to the slurry and fertilisers that are applied.

“But, K itself is actually antagonistic to Mg; that’s a negative – that’s something we don’t want to see. So, that’s something that we have to manage,” he explained.

“Generally, when you analyse your dry dairy cow forage and it shows over 2.4% for K, those cows are going to be more at risk to milk fever; so it’s important to balance that and get enough Mg in to overcome that issue as well.”

Richard highlighted that Ca is not needed and the reason for that being that the cow needs to be trained to immobilise her own Ca reserves.

Key trace minerals:

  • Copper (Cu);
  • Zinc (Zn);
  • Selenium (Se).

Richard also outlined some of the important trace minerals during the dry period. He said: “I’ve highlighted these three minerals because Irish forages are particularly low in these.

“These are all important trace minerals in terms of improving cow health and immunity. If you’re having a problem with retained cleanings for example, Se would be one of the key elements that we are looking at in your dry cow mineral.

“The message I’m trying to put across on the dry cow period is, if your having challenges and issues on your own farm, one of the first things you need to do is look at the forage you are feeding and look at the mineral content of those forages.

“It doesn’t cost a lot of money to take a mineral sample; it’s probably in the region of €50-60 for a trace element sample of your forage – that’s the first place to start.

“With that information, it can be assessed as to what levels there are and what the best action to go along with is,” he concluded.

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Switzerland is having a referendum on saving cow and goat horns … – CNN International

Sunday’s referendum is part of a decade-long campaign by farmer Armin Capaul, 67, on whether to subsidize farmers who let their cows’ and goats’ horns grow naturally, said Kaspar Schuler, the campaign director of Capaul’s initiative and former head of Greenpeace in Switzerland.
Schuler says around 90% of Swiss cows, which are a national symbol, are de-horned or genetically hornless.
Advocates for de-horning say it reduces injuries to animals, but the farmer wants to change that as he believes “cows and communicate” with each other with their horns, Schuler said.
Capaul wants the government to pay farmers $191 annual subsidy per every horned cow or goat. The government is against the motion, saying it would cost tens of millions to pay farmers that subsidy, Reuters reports.
Capaul’s journey began nine years ago when he gave control of his cow farm to his son in northwestern Switzerland and began lobbying for horns on livestock.
“We must respect cows as they are. Leave them their horns. When you look at them they always hold their head high and are proud. When you remove the horns, they are sad,” Schuler told Reuters this week.
When lobbying failed, Capaul managed to collect the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a national vote.
Schuler, who decribes his old friend Capaul as a “hippy,” said that no one expected him to collect that many signatures.
Some speculate that the farmer’s campaign will be backed by animal welfare groups against de-horning — which sees a sedated calf’s horn buds burned with a hot iron.
But Capaul is not convinced the “yes” campaign has their vote: “Swiss animal protection organizations said it [the motion] wasn’t radical enough… they wanted a ban on the ironing or cutting of horns.”
Nonetheless, latest polling numbers seen by Reuters say the vote is too close to call and Schuler is uncertain of a win.
Horned cows are used to market Swiss tourism and brands, but Schuler is careful not to say but Schuler insists this is not a nationalist campaign.
“A lot of [our supporters] are simple people from somewhere in the Swiss mountains who are close to nature and animals,” he said.
The benchmark is high, he said, but “since the Swiss cow is a national symbol it could work.”

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Swiss to Vote on Cow Horn Removal Issue – Voice of America

Swiss citizens will vote Sunday on an issue involving cows that has divided the country.

Voters will decide if farmers can receive government aid for not removing the horns of their cows.

Cows are an important part of the nation’s milk industry. They are also a national symbol for Switzerland and draw visitors to the country.

Farmer Armin Capaul began the effort to keep horns on cows nine years ago. Capaul told Reuters that “listening” to his cows incited him to act. When his campaign to persuade politicians failed, Capaul collected more than 100,000 signatures to hold a national vote on the issue.

He is seeking to have the government give farmers yearly payments of about $200 for each horned cow they have. Capaul says the money is needed to help famers pay for extra costs linked to keeping horned animals. Having more space for the animals helps prevent fights and injuries involving cow horns. Capaul hopes the government assistance will reduce the number of dehorned cows.

Capaul says horns help cows communicate and keep the right body temperature. “We must respect cows as they are,” he told Reuters on his small farm in northwestern Switzerland. “Leave them their horns. When you look at them they always hold their head high and are proud. When you remove the horns, they are sad,” he said.

In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, dairy cows graze on grass in the Emmental region of Switzerland. (AP Photo/Mark D. Carlson)

In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, dairy cows graze on grass in the Emmental region of Switzerland. (AP Photo/Mark D. Carlson)

About 75 percent of Swiss cows are dehorned or genetically hornless.

Capaul’s plan would require a change to the Swiss constitution. The government opposes the idea. It estimates the assistance would represent about $30 million a year of the country’s agriculture budget. Many farmers have also expressed concerns about how the country would pay for the proposed assistance.

Groups opposed to dehorning have supported Capaul’s campaign. Dehorning involves burning a young cow’s small horns with a hot iron. Critics say the process is painful and unnatural. But supporters say it is no worse than castrating male cats or dogs.

Farmer Stefan Gilgen has 48 cows that provide about 260 gallons of milk a day. He told Reuters that his cows get along better without horns. “If cows have horns, the danger of injuries to the animals and humans is greater,” he said.

Gilgen added that he does not agree that a vote should be taken to change the constitution for such an issue. “Each farm should decide for itself. We have other problems in agriculture,” he said.

The latest public opinion studies have suggested Sunday’s vote will be very close.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from Reuters and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Caty Weaver was the editor.

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Words in This Story

referendum n. an election in which people in an area vote on a specific issue

horn n. ​one of the hard pointed parts that grows on the head of some animals (such as cattle, goats, or sheep)​

lobby v. efforts made to try to influence government policy

proud adj. feeling pleased and happy about one’s self

castrate v. to remove part of male reproductive organs

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Swiss on horns of dilemma in cow welfare referendum – Financial Times

On a farm in Rheinau, northern Switzerland, Martin Ott admires the pale, curved horns of dozens of cows contentedly munching hay — and sees not just an Alpine icon but a sign of order in the world.

“The horn was always a symbol that nature has its own dignity,” Mr Ott says.

Now the horn is also political. In one of Switzerland’s frequent national referendums on Sunday, voters are in effect being asked to pay for horns, by deciding whether the state should subsidise farmers who choose not to remove animals’ horns or eliminate them via breeding.

Because of such techniques three-quarters of Swiss cows, and one-third of goats, have no horns. Advocates of removal argue it makes livestock easier to keep and reduces injuries to humans and animals.

But Mr Ott, who runs a green farming school in Rheinau and has written a book on “understanding cows”, said a Yes vote would correct an evil of modern agriculture.

Horns are used for scratching, cooling, feeling and communicating, he said as he walked through the farm’s cattle shed. “The horns amplify what they want to say. It has to do with dignity.”

Switzerland’s system of direct democracy requires only 100,000 signatures for a proposition to be put to the vote, and in the past has led to outcomes such as legally binding curbs on executive pay and road haulage through the Alps.

Sunday’s vote coincides with a separate referendum on a proposal from the powerful, nationalist Swiss People’s Party to assert the supremacy of the Swiss constitution over international treaties. The “self-determination initiative” is meant to bolster Switzerland’s independence and national identity, even if it threatens relations with the EU.

The “cow horn” vote has similar ambitions, said Mr Ott, who launched the referendum initiative with Armin Capaul, a 67-year old farmer from Jura in western Switzerland. “It is self-determination for cows.”

His initiative found the backing needed to go ahead in a country whose landscape was largely shaped by cow pastures. Until industrialisation in the 19th century, “the cow was the most important economic entity in Switzerland,” according to Marc Valance, author of Die Schweizer Kuh, which chronicles the animal’s importance as an “unofficial national symbol”.

Historically, the horned cow reflected Swiss independence and military strength. It has also epitomised “motherly characteristics — love, milk and looking after calves,” said Mr Valance. The cow “became a symbol that held the Swiss confederation together, it symbolised unity”.

Opinion polls suggest Sunday’s vote will be close. The motion has been worded to maximise support: it does not ban horn culling, for instance.

Martin Ott: ‘The horn was always a symbol that nature has its own dignity’

Switzerland’s government urges a No vote, disputing the idea that cows suffer significantly without their horns and saying decisions should be left to farmers.

Johann Schneider-Ammann, agriculture minister, said that horned cows often needed to be tied up — and that for animal welfare a Yes vote would be an own goal. The government says the constitution already requires it to support animal friendly farming.

Images of cows used extensively to market Swiss products and tourism normally have horns: the question for voters on Sunday is whether agriculture should more closely reflect that marketed ideal. “A cow without horns is not a real cow. It’s a freak,” said Mr Valance. “In the real world, a minority of cows in Switzerland have horns — but in adverts they all do.”

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Cow-Horn Vote Parades Switzerland's Populist Safety Valve – Bloomberg

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Cow-Horn Vote Parades Switzerland's Populist Safety Valve
Armin Capaul, an anti-establishment protester-turned farmer, has proposed state subsidies for livestock owners who keep the horns on their cows and goats, saying the practice of de-horning is painful for the animals. The vote is the latest in a series
Switzerland to vote on whether to save cow hornseuronews
Cows with or without horns? Switzerland goes to referendum amid cruelty concernsDaily Sabah
In Switzerland will host “cow” referendumThe Siver Times

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Search for Coco, the cow that hopped a farm fence, comes to a sad ending – CTV News

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Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018 10:23AM EST

Last Updated Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:52PM EST

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — The search for a stubborn cow that hopped a fence at a Newfoundland farm has come to a sad end.

Coco the cow was put down when she was discovered last weekend not far the farm she bolted from in Conception Bay South, 30 kilometres west of St. John’s.

Farmer Barry Scott said veterinarians used enough tranquilizers to bring down two moose, but when those failed to control Coco’s behaviour she had to be put down.

"She was determined not to get caught. I don’t know what else we could have done," Scott said.

Scott was sad to see Coco’s story end without bringing her home to the farm.

He had hoped to bring her back over the course of the week-long search but he said he didn’t want anyone to get hurt in the process.

"She just wouldn’t co-operate at all so it meant for a harrowing time," he said.

"It never ended the way I wanted it to end but that’s all you can do about that stuff."

The 450-kilogram black cow hopped the fence a few weeks ago and appeared determined to evade capture.

Scott asked the public not to intervene during the search after a man was hurt in a tussle while trying to apprehend Coco.

Scott raised Coco from when she was a calf, and in a lifetime of farming he’d never had a cow escape before.

The farmer is taking some time to consider his options around buying a new cow or cutting his losses as he nears retirement age.

"Everything will come out in the wash after a while," he said.

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100000 lbs of ground beef recalled after sample tests positive for E. coli – WFLA

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Almost 100,000 lbs of ground beef is being recalled over concerns it might be contaminated with E. coli.

On Nov. 15, USDA inspectors visited Swift Beef Company in Utah after a ground beef sample tested positive for E. coli. 

USDA inspectors (FSIS) confirmed that Swift Beef Company was the sole source supplier for the ground beef products. 

Swift Beef Co. is recalling approximately 99,260 pounds of raw non-intact ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 (See labels here).

The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 2,000 lb. – bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 93/07 (93% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42413.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 85/15 (85% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42415.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 73/27 (73% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42510.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 628” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to retail distributors for further processing and food service distributors for institutional use in locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.   

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Consumers may call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333. 

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5 Ways To Use Cowhide Rugs — No Matter Your Decor Style – Lonny Magazine

Photographed by Maria del Rio.

Whether you think of a rug as a starting point or a finishing touch, there’s no denying its power to transform a room. One of our favorite styles that can work in a variety of spaces? Cowhide rugs. It truly is a jack-of-all-trades. Layer a faux cowhide rug over a classic woven sisal, for instance, and a traditional space feels infinitely chicer. On its own, a cowhide rug could be the subtle dose of pattern you need to round out otherwise busy or eclectic decor.

In other words, every well-dressed room needs a rug. It serves a grounding stylish addition, while also providing texture and warmth to your floors. Not only are they a trendy and easy stand-in for a full-out reno, but a faux cowhide may be an easier way to incorporate one than you think.

A hot home-decor ticket in Argentina and originally fashioned out of cured cow skin (hence the name), modern and more humane versions of the cowhide rug are typically made of polyester with a suede backing underneath, and patterns that are either acid washed, natural, or stenciled. The big draw of the cowhide has been how durable it is (spotted versions are fantastic at camouflaging stains), but its low profile and wide-ranging colors and patterns mean it also blends seamlessly with any decor style. Yes, that even means the most minimalist spaces.

To prove it, we’ve rounded up five rooms that fit a variety of decor aesthetics that use a cowhide rug as its centerpiece. From a Hollywood Regency-style living room that is grounded with a neutral hue to a colorful entry stairway lined with a funky cowhide runner, this design proves its flexibility and durability.

The look may be distinct, but few rugs prove to be as versatile. Behold, the case for the cowhide:

Style Cowhide Rugs In 5 Different Ways

Photographed by Becky Kimball.


A zebra-print cowhide runner lines the stairway in the entryway of BURU founder Morgan Hutchinson’s Salt Lake City abode. Hutchinson, who runs the e-commerce site with her husband, Brett, mused on her home’s perfect pattern clash in a chat with Lonny. “Color makes me happy,” she says. “I would like to think it also makes my family and guests happy when they are in the space. My dream word for others to describe our house would be just that — HAPPY.”

Hutchinson describes it as a box of Skittles; we like call it eclecticism 101.

Back in the entryway, an equally graphic ikat rug is a surprising complement to the cowhide runner, while a balloon display ups the liveliness even further.

Style Cowhide Rugs In 5 Different Ways

Photographed by Ball & Albanese.

Beach House

Pop art and a sofa upholstered in a classic ticking stripe already feel like an unexpected combination, but fashion photographer Ben Watts threw a steamer trunk and a cowhide rug into the mix of his living room decor. Throughout the beach house in Montauk, New York, industrial flourishes serve as a counterpoint (and, no doubt, a topic of conversation) to the home’s more New England-style elements.

According to Hamptons Magazine, Watt’s collaborated with interior designer Staci Dover to furnish the house with classic pieces that would stand the test of time (oh hey, cowhide), later punching it up with his own collection of art and accents. Among them: A hot pink boom box, Day of the Dead-inspired works, and his own photographs, of course.

Style Cowhide Rugs In 5 Different Ways

Photographed by Jenna Peffley.


How do you pull together splashy pieces like a Vladimir Kagan floating sofa, vintage chairs from Arredamenti Corallo, and a painting by Danvy Pham? Gather them around a black and white cowhide rug as Bare Collection’s Jeet Sohal did inside her Hancock Park home.

The rug’s colorway feels just as classic as the home’s formal features — think: wood panelling, gold-painted molding, and leaded glass windows — while giving the living room a little edge. While pops of mint, purple, and red bring the space into an eclectic palette, the natural rug ties it all together.

In fact, Sohal, who decorated the home herself, managed to strike the perfect balance between stately design and modern approachability, and she says she kept it all cohesive by using a bold color palette throughout the house.

Style Cowhide Rugs In 5 Different Ways

Photographed by Genevieve Garruppo.

Minimalist Meets Scandinavian

For some it’s considered minimalist, for others it’s bohemian Scandinavian. What’s indisputable is how this bedroom’s bone cowhide rug anchors this space.

“We wanted it to feel like the best parts of Venice — easy, livable, and casual,” designer Leanne Ford says of the California home she outfitted for fashion designer Amber Farr, founder of Ruby Skye.

All-white walls created a dreamy backdrop for Ford to layer on all the texture. Ford says this is the secret to a minimalist home with personality. “You don’t have to have much in your home for it to feel warm,” she shares. “The key is woods, stones, cozy textures, and shades of white for all of that to shine off of.” The result is a dreamy space perfect for cozying up at the end of the day.

Style Cowhide Rugs In 5 Different Ways

Photographed by Winnie Au.


It’s hard to imagine anything but the black-and-white zebra rug Victoria De La Fuente chose as the centerpiece of her West Village living room. But in actuality, any variation of a cowhide rug would work alongside the clean-lined furniture and millennial  pink walls throughout the cozy apartment.

Blending contemporary artwork with a few mid-century modern flourishes and loads of girly accents, De La Fuente says her home is an extension of her personality.

One other influence that helps tie the look together? Travel. “Having lived in over seven different cities [over the years], I try to get something local at every place I live at or visit,” she says. Thankfully, cowhides are also easy to tuck away into a spare suitcase.

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BC cow slaughtered in Alberta found to have bovine tuberculosis –

An investigation has been launched by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) after a case of bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) was found on a farm in the southern interior of B.C.

In a statement, the CFIA says it cannot provide more information relating to location for confidentiality reasons.

On Tuesday, it did confirm the cow was slaughtered in Alberta.

An official with Alberta Beef Producers would not confirm which of Alberta’s four federally regulated plants the cow was slaughtered at.

The CFIA says a mature beef cow was presented for slaughter on Oct. 26. A post-mortem examination found the presence of granulomatous lesions in the mediastinal lymph nodes, lungs and liver. The carcass was condemned, and no portions of the animal entered the food chain.

This was a federally registered slaughterhouse so all animals are inspected to ensure they are handled humanely and meet all regulatory requirements and laws.

WATCH: (Aired Oct. 31, 2016) What is bovine tuberculosis?

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Samples from the cow were shipped off for testing and confirmed a case of bovine TB.

“A this point there’s no evidence to connect it to anything in Alberta or the previous case in 2016,” Alberta Beef Producers beef production specialist Karin Schmid said Tuesday.

“They’re in a really tough situation because [the farm the cow came from] may end up losing that entire herd, that’s part of our control procedures for tuberculosis, is depopulation and eradication.

“That’s devastating to lose that livelihood, to lose all that work that’s been put into it. The bright side is that the wider industry is not affected by this case.”

The CFIA says Canada’s international status is currently bovine TB-free and these findings should not affect Canada’s current international status.

According to the CFIA, bovine TB is a “reportable disease in Canada and has been subject to a mandatory national eradication program since 1923. While Canada is considered to be officially free of bovine TB today, isolated cases may occur. There is no risk to the food supply or to human health from this case.”

Humans can contract bovine TB but it is very rare. Exposure can only occur through the passage of fluids from an animal to an open skin sore, extended close contact with an animal with active respiratory TB or by drinking unpasteurized milk from an infected animal.

Bovine tuberculosis outbreak in Alberta in 2017

The CFIA has begun tracing movements of the animal in the infected herd to try to identify the source and any potential spread of the disease.

As the investigation is in the early stages, the exact number of herds involved and the time to complete the investigation is not yet known.

— With files from Heide Pearson

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