Some Alberta ranchers will have their cattle euthanized
A cow from Brad Osadczuk’s herd tested positive for bovine tuberculosis
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
A cattle rancher from Alberta said he and some of his neighbours will have many of their animals destroyed after a cow from his herd tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.
A cow from Brad Osadczuk’s ranch near Jenner, Alberta tested positive for the disease. Now he faces the reality of losing his herd.
“The index herd, the herd the cow came from, will be destroyed,” he told Global News. “(385) cows and calves, cow calf pairs and 51 bulls and every other animal on the farm. Horses cats, dogs – you name it.”
According to Osadczuk, the CFIA said he will receive some compensation for his losses, but he fears it may not be enough.
“There is no compensation for a loss of business – I can’t live on love until my 1,200 cows are replaced and 50 bulls,” Osadczuk told Global News. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I guess I’ll have to go out and get a job off the ranch.”
The rancher said he worries for his neighbours.
He said a shortage of water and feed will make it difficult for them to keep the herds into the winter, and other neighbours will have a combined 500 animals destroyed.
“They are destroying everything that makes us money and it’s going to take years to build that back up,” Osadczuk told Global News. “They’ve put a halt on any cattle movement, sales or anything – on or off our ranch.