Tests on a ten-year-old cow in a large herd jointly owned by two kibbutzim in the Golan Heights have confirmed that it died of BSE. THis is the first incidence of BSE in Israel. A brain biopsy was carried out by the World Organization for Animal Health in Bern, Switzerland. Israel's Veterinary Services plan to implement an emergency plan at a cost of NIS40m (US$8.1m) which calls for slaughtering every cow over the age of 30 months from the 1,300-head herd in the Golan Heights, considered to be one of the largest in Israel.