A Central Valley meat processing plant that was shuttered by federal inspectors Monday because of unsanitary conditions has reopened.
With feed costs high and dry weather in the forecast, ranchers are already selling off parts of their herds as grazing pastures have turned brown.
The SPCA for Monterey County rescued a dozen cattle and horses that appear to have been abandoned at a property in the small community of San Ardo south of King City.
The mad cow that was recently discovered through routine testing in Central California had been euthanized after it became lame and started lying down at a dairy.
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California said the sick 5-year-old came from Tulare County, the No. 1 dairy-producing county in the nation.
The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California’s Central Valley, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation’s food supply.