Second mad cow gores farmhouse prices

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The discovery of a second cow afflicted with bovine spongiform encephalopathy – mad cow disease – linked to an Alberta farm has sent farmland prices tumbling across western Canada. If you always wanted that little house on the prairie surrounded by acres of very quiet land, this may be the year to go for it. "There are no buyers for pastureland," said Craig Hellings, who runs a 1,300-acre crop and cattle operation near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and publishes an online farmland sale site at "But we are seeing a lot of sale listings now." And there are bargains. Among Helling's listings last month was a 3-bedroom house on more than 1,000 acres for $749,000 near Saskatoon. Or how about 22 acres with a nice house on a small lake for $85,000 just outside of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Even high-priced British Columbia is not immune. You can buy a riverfront house on 70 acres near Williams Lake in B.C.'s cattle country for $225,000, or about the price o...