A Missouri Senator says Missourians have nothing to worry about when it comes to mad cow disease.
Amy Becker has more from Jefferson City.
Authorities discovered mad cow disease in Alabama earlier this week.
But Senator John Cauthorn says Missouri is doing all in its power to prevent any cases in cattle herds.
Between constant testing of older cattle and bans on certain feeds, Cauthorn says the beef market is in excellent shape.
Cauthorn says other measures are in place to monitor cattle. Herds will get a number ID and will be tagged to ensure they can be traced back to their producer.
From the State Capitol, I'm Amy Becker.
After the mad cow scare in 2003, beef sales dropped drastically but a Missouri senator says the beef industry is in excellent shape.
Reporting from the State Capitol is Amy Becker.
Senator John Cauthorn says the beef industry takes extra steps to preserve the food supply.
The Missouri Cattlemen's Association targets older cattle while testing for the disease.
A move Cauthorn says, international meat buyers are noticing.
Cauthorn says Missouri will implement a new computer chip tracing system to aid in tracking cattle from herd to herd. The system, he says, should be available within a year.
From Jefferson City, I'm Amy Becker.