News is that not very far from here, in a town near Yakima, Washington, they've discovered a a case of mad cow disease in a Heiffer that was sent to slaughter. There's a panic over the entire rural part of the state. The government is being very tight-lipped about whose ranch has been quarantined. Just about all we're hearing from the ag officials is that the meat in circulation is "absolutely safe" because none of the infected parts (brain, spinal cord) were sent to market. Am I too off-base in guessing that those parts went into feed? Apparently this same producer was the topic of several investigatory news spots for their shoddy practices. Word has it that the animal which tested positive was so sick prior to slaughter that it couldn't walk on its own. I'm curious to know what the responsible meat-producers on this forum think about all this.