S.D. animals not at risk for mad cow by Michelle Herrick PIERRE (CNS) � An electronic animal identification program is important to combating mad cow disease, State Veterinarian Sam Holland told legislators Jan. 15.
"In order to respond to this disease, we need a good solid identification program," Holland said.
Holland's not really worried about the BSE spreading across the country even though a cow was found with the disease in Washington state.
"It's not a contagious disease like Foot and Mouth," he said. "The only way that other animals can get it is by eating some of the infected matter."