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Vermont Sheep May Have Mad Cow

March 21, 2001

GREENSBORO, Vt. (AP) _ Federal agents went to a farm early Wednesday to seize sheep feared infected with a version of the mad cow disease.

Houghton Freeman’s flock of 233 sheep is one of two that has been at the center of a storm of protests since the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered that they be seized and destroyed. The department says the sheep, imported from Belgium, could be carrying a disease akin to mad cow disease.

Ed Curlett of the USDA, speaking from the Freeman farm, confirmed the seizure was under way. Inspectors arrived between 6 a.m. and 6:30 and trucks arrived around two hours later, he said.

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