• SCIENTISTS have confirmed the first case of BSE in Belgium. The five-year-old suckler cow, which was slaughtered last month, was reared on a farm near Namur in the south of the country.
Vets have traced the cows dam to a neighbouring district, and cohorts of the confirmed case will now be examined. Feed records are to be checked for the presence of meat and bonemeal. All animals at the farm have been slaughtered.