Recently, a cow in Canada was discovered to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). It has since been released that the cow was born on a farm in northern Alberta.

According to an article by The Canadian Press, a Canadian Cattlemen's Association spokesperson said that both the birth farm and the farm the cow was found on are in Alberta.

The cow was born in 2009, two years after the Canadian government imposed tougher restrictions on animal feed, Rod Nickel reported for Reuters. The disease is thought to be spread through feed that contains protein rendered from the spines and brains of infected cattle or sheep, a practice that was banned in Canada in 1997. Unitl the recent incident, no cattle have been born in Canada with BSE since the harsher restrictions were put in place in 2007.