Some Alberta ranchers will have their cattle euthanized (Nov 02, 2016)

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.

Two things about the TB situation in Alberta. #1. this proves that Canada does have traceability in the cattle industry. Funny though, how these animals are always found in the US? #2. The consequences of this TB problem should be the responsibility of the government for insisting that elk be introduced onto the Suffield Range...against the opposition of the ranchers who have pastures close to this location. It is a known fact that elk and deer can have TB and easily transmit it. If the CFIA kills all of the cattle in the ranchers herds, along with their personal dogs, cats, horses, mules etc., then they should be prepared to kill all of the elk, deer, fox, coyotes and other wildlife on the Suffield Range! We cannot accept any less from the CFIA and government!!! This killing of all the animals on the ranch is archaic and it is time this practice was stopped. They should test animals for TB and only kill the ones testing positive.
Posted by sharon cooke on 11/6/2016 6:28:15 PM
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