A study just released offers information on the costs and benefits of voluntary BSE testing of Canadian cattle.
The study, funded by the Alberta Prion Research Institute, PrioNet Canada, and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, is intended to encourage discussion within the cattle industry.
The study analysed whether the costs for the beef industry to perform client-driven optional BSE testing could be recaptured through market premiums.
It concludes there is potential value in pursuing voluntary BSE testing, with qualifications. On the flip side, the study indicates a range of considerations arise in terms of potential adverse market impacts with voluntary BSE testing and would need to be appropriately addressed.
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