Downer Cattle

Cattle in feed lots that have difficulty standing, a sign suggesting possible bovine spongiform encephalopathy—mad cow disease—which may beget Creutzfeld-Jakob disease
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The rule states that such downer cattle must be humanely euthanized.
Downer cattle those too sick or injured to walk no longer will be allowed to enter U.
Dairy farmers stand to lose income if the government honors congressional demands for a total ban on downer cattle after a California slaughterhouse failed to keep them out of the food supply, according to the Associated Press.
Among other findings, the HCRA concluded that removing downer cattle would reduce potential human exposure.
Federal rules prohibit meat from downer cattle -- ones too sick or injured to walk -- from entering the food supply because of a higher risk of mad cow disease in nonambulatory cattle.
This February, many shoppers had the winter doldrums longer than usual, not only because it had an extra day, but also because of layers of gloomy news about downer cattle, beef recalls, rising food and energy prices, strained incomes, the worsening housing market, as well as endless foreclosures, campaign speeches, and recession denials.
The Hallmark plant violated USDA rules regarding the treatment of downer cattle (animals that arrive at the slaughter plant but cannot stand up because of an illness or injury).
Additionally, the use of specified risk materials (SRMs) and downer cattle in the production of food for human consumption is banned.
If true, increased screening of downer cattle would not have caught the cow found to be infected with BSE.
1 Downer cattle, or cows that are unable to stand, are banned for use as food.
As the immediacy of the crisis slows down, many media are turning to more in-depth coverage of the topics involved, such as downer cattle or an animal identification system.
Some 190,000 downer cattle, out of about 35 million, are brought to the slaughterhouses each year, so it means a substantial loss to the producers.