BSE-related ruling prolongs US ban on Canadian cattle

first_img Johanns statement on Senate votehttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0074.xml Canadian feed ban gets good gradesCebull’s ruling came just 5 days after the USDA announced that Canada’s feed ban to prevent transmission of BSE was working well. In late January, after the discovery of Canada’s two latest BSE cases, the USDA sent a technical team to Canada to assess how Canada’s “ruminant-to-ruminant” feed ban was working. The report says Canada’s feed and rendering industries are increasingly using separate, or “dedicated,” production lines to handle permitted and banned materials, the report says. This reduces the risk that feed for ruminants will be contaminated with ruminant proteins. Johanns statement on court rulinghttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0072.xml The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had planned to reopen the border to live Canadian cattle under 30 months of age on Mar 7. But on Mar 2, US District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings, Mont., ordered the government to delay that move on grounds that it could increase human exposure to BSE, or mad cow disease, in the United States. Senate votes to keep border closedYesterday—the day after Cebull’s ruling—the USDA plan suffered another setback when the US Senate passed a resolution to block it. But White House officials said President Bush would veto the resolution if it passed the House and reached his desk, according to a Reuters report. Ironically, two more BSE cases were discovered in Alberta within 2 weeks after the USDA plan was announced. Those discoveries fueled opposition to the plan. Cebull’s ruling drew protests from the top agricultural officials of both the United States and Canada. Mar 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federal judge in Montana this week delayed a plan to reopen the US border to Canadian cattle for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Canada. Dr. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, commented, “This assessment affirms our science-based decision to begin lifting the ban on live ruminants and ruminant products from Canada that have virtually no risk to human or animal health.” US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns described himself as “very disappointed.” He said the plan to reopen the border, along with existing animal health and public health measures in both countries, provides “the utmost protection to both U.S. consumers and livestock.” Cebull granted the injunction until R-CALF’s suit can be weighed in a full trial, according to the newspaper. He gave the two sides 10 days to propose a schedule for a trial. According to the Globe and Mail, Cebull wrote that resuming cattle imports from Canada would “likely be understood by consumers in the U.S. and abroad as increasing the risk of BSE agents entering the U.S. meat supply.” He said the risks the move entails are “great,” while “delay is prudent and largely harmless.” During the review, on-site inspectors saw one significant violation of the ban, and corrective action was taken immediately, according to a summary of the CFIA report.center_img Feb 25 USDA statement on its assessment of Canada’s feed banhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/02/0066.xml Cattle contract BSE by eating protein from infected animals. To prevent this, both Canada and the United States in 1997 banned the use of most mammalian proteins in feed for cattle and other ruminants. Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell said he shared the “profound disappointment of the Canadian livestock industry” over the ruling. He continued, “Canada and the United States have the same BSE risk status, and have similar safeguards in place to protect human health, food safety and animal health. “The interests of consumers and producers on both sides of the border would be served by reintegrating our ruminant and meat markets to the fullest extent possible based on science. The science indicates that the border should be reopened.” This week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released its own review of Canada’s feed ban. The agency concluded that the ban was appropriately designed and implemented and that compliance with it is high. “On average, 95% of feed mills and 93% of renderers inspected over the past three years were either fully compliant or reported only minor non-compliance issues, such as documentation requirements,” the CFIA said in a news release. Cebull issued the temporary injunction in a lawsuit brought by a livestock industry group, R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA). He asserted that Canadian beef poses a higher risk of BSE exposure than American beef because the disease has been found in several Canadian cows but not in any American-bred cows. (The single US case of BSE so far was in a cow born in Alberta.) The USDA announced its findings on the Canadian feed ban on Feb 25. The agency said its inspectors did a thorough assessment and found that “Canada has a robust inspection program, that overall compliance with the feed ban is good and that the feed ban is reducing the risk of transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the Canadian cattle population.” See also: “Allowing the import of Canadian cattle into the U.S. increases the potential for human exposure to the material containing the agent for BSE in this higher-risk meat,” Cebull wrote, as quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Johanns also objected to the Senate vote to block the resumption of cattle imports. He said the vote “undermines the U.S. efforts to promote science-based regulations, complicates U.S. negotiations to reopen foreign markets to U.S. beef and would perpetuate the economic disruption of the beef and cattle industry.” He promised to try to stop the resolution in the House. Statement by Canadian Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchellhttp://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2005&page=n50302a The United States has barred importation of live Canadian cattle since May 2003, when Canada’s first BSE case was discovered. In late December 2004, the USDA announced its plan to reopen the border to young Canadian cattle, saying Canada was a “minimal risk” region for BSE. Because BSE has a long incubation period, experts believe it is next to impossible for cattle younger than 30 months to have infective levels of disease.last_img read more

Social distancing calls taking over emergency hotline

first_imgThe Martin County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public not the dial 911 to report people who are not practicing social distancing measures.According to the sheriff’s office, while they appreciate community member’s diligence in reporting those who are not abiding by the rules, they say they have been receiving so many related phone calls to the 911 number, that it’s hindering their ability to receive phone calls from those who have true emergencies.“People are upset. They see somebody playing volleyball. They see a group, you know, within less than 6 feet, and they call our 911 number. Please don’t do that,” Sheriff William Snyder told our news partners at WPTV.The sheriff’s office is asking the public to instead use their local non-emergency number if you are going to report someone who is not practicing social distancing.“Somebody violating the county commission rules, or the governor’s rules, is important. We should know about it. We will come out, and we will take care of it. But it is not an emergency, and it is not a 911 call,” said Snyder.To find your local non- emergency number, just visit the your local sheriffs department’s website.last_img read more

‘Surprised’ champions retain Brenda King foursomes

first_img Defending champions Claire Dowling and Tracy Atkin retained the senior women’s Brenda King Foursomes at Gog Magog, Cambridge – to their great surprise.“We thought we’d thrown it away,” said Claire as she recounted the tale of their last five holes: bogey, bogey, bogey, double bogey, par. Tracy added: “It’s a bit of a surprise, we never imagined we’d still win. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)But despite the finish they pulled off a one-stroke win over the Surrey pair of Alison Gee and Debbie Richards, while Staffordshire’s Sue Spencer and Sally Sketcher were third, two shots further back.Sharing fourth prize were the Frilford Heath pairing of Annie Gowing and Kate Evans who have come so close over recent years, having also been runners-up twice and third. “We’re the bridesmaids,” laughed Annie.Claire (Copt Heath) and Tracy (Leamington & County) have played in this event twice and won twice, building on a friendship which dates back to their days as internationals. But, as they came down the 18th at the end of their second round they were planning their ‘retirement’. “We were talking about packing it in – but now we’ll be back next year!” said Tracy.They opened their defence yesterday with a score of 78 on the Wandlebury course, which put them in a share of second place and a stroke behind the Gee/Richards combination.Today, on the Old course, they reached the turn in two-over par, before they began to falter, eventually returning a second round score of 79.Behind them Alison Gee (Walton Heath) and Debbie Richards (Burhill) had lost their slender lead over the front nine but they kept battling, holing a birdie putt on 15 and hitting the pin on 16. With one hole to play they were sharing the lead once more, only to bogey the last to end their challenge.This was also their second appearance in the event, having come fifth last year. “Perhaps it’ll be third time lucky,” said Debbie as she looked ahead to next year.The handicap trophy was won by Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) and Sally Sketcher (Trentham), who were playing in the Brenda King for the first time. Sue is a past Staffordshire captain, while Sally was simultaneously the second team captain.Leading final scores157 Claire Dowling (Copt Heath) & Tracy Atkin    (Leamington and County) 78 79158 Alison Gee (Walton Heath) & Debbie Richards (Burhill) 77 81160 Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath) & Sally Sketcher (Trentham)    82 78162 Annie Gowing & Kate Evans (Frilford Heath) 82, 80; Karen Thompson & Gabi Heuchel (East Berkshire) 79 83165 Julie Ballard (Littlestone) & Sheila Stirling (Royal Mid Surrey) 83 82; Suzette Worthington & Paula Crabtree (Bristol & Clifton) 82 83 2 Oct 2013 ‘Surprised’ champions retain Brenda King foursomes last_img read more

2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf

first_img 40 golfers from across Europe have signed up to play in the 2019 English Disability Open to be staged on the Gainsborough course at Stoke by Nayland over the weekend of September 7-8.The event, which is supported by the R&A and is on the England Golf tournament schedule for the first time this year, has attracted entries from England, Wales, The Netherlands and France, who will compete using the modified rules of golf for players with a disability in gross, handicap or Stableford competitions, depending on their golf handicap.Among those who have entered are defending champion Mick Horsley (pictured), from Marriott Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire, the current male No 1 on the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD), George Groves, from Horne Park Golf Club in Surrey and Martin Wiiliams from North Hants Golf Club in Hampshire, the same club where Olympic champion and England Golf Ambassador Justin Rose learned to play the game.2019 also sees four female competitors taking part, including Aimi Bullock, from Woking Golf Club in Surrey and junior golfer Ellie Perks, from Hagley Golf Club in Worcestershire. Recently, Perks received England Golf’s Hero’s Handshake award for the work she does helping other disabled children to play and enjoy the game.Working with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), England Golf now provides an easy process for players to register for their ‘Access’ pass which allows anyone with an impairment to register as a golfer with a disability. The access pass can be a stepping stone to participating in the WR4GD, which features players from Australia, South Africa and across Europe, all managed by the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR)Jamie Blair, Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager for England Golf commented: “It feels like this has been a long time in planning and I can’t wait for us to have this showcase of golfing ability as part of our tournament offering.Whilst we know there is more work to be done to improve the opportunities for more people, including disabled people to join golf clubs, this event is about providing for an audience of our customers who have not accessed a national championships before and putting it on a parallel with everything else we run.”“The event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for those eligible players, whilst also utilising our unique handicap system to allow any player with any disability or impairment to compete and show the quality and character of players we have playing our fantastic game.”The event is free to spectate with full details of tee times being published on the England Golf website after the 18th August.EDGA are the global body supporting the development of the game for golfers with a disability, working in partnership with the R&A, USGA and IGF alongside their member bodies of the national golfing federations.WR4GD was adopted by WAGR from January 2019 following the development and implementation by EDGA since January 2017.Credit Leaderboard Photography. 28 Aug 2019 2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf Tags: Disability Championship, Disability Golf, Disability Openlast_img read more