State warns against feeding cheap pet food to livestock

State warns against feeding cheap pet food to livestock

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's state veterinarian is warning ranchers to avoid giving inexpensive pet food to their herds.

Earl Rogers says most pet food has ingredients that could help spread an illness in livestock called BSE. It's against state and federal law to give it to cattle.

Rogers says some pet-food makers may be offering scraps to Utah ranchers because drought and fire destroyed grazing lands.

If a herd has been fed ruminant protein, the entire herd is immediately condemned and removed from the market.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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