25/07/2022: BSE negligble risk survey

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is asking all cattle farmers to participate in a short survey on cattle feed storage.

The aim of this survey is to gather supportive information to help Great Britain attempt to obtain negligible BSE risk status. This will help facilitate trade and access new markets for export of British beef and feed products. Great Britain currently has controlled BSE risk status.

A 2021 BSE case in England was linked to residual contaminated feed from a silo that had been in use since the early 1980s. This survey therefore hopes to establish whether cattle keepers still use a silo, or any other container storing loose concentrated feedstuffs, that predates 1 August 1996 when the reinforced ban on feeding of processed animal protein to farmed animals was introduced.

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