Alberta and Saskatchewan Bovine TB investigation concludes - at a high cost

By Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter)
May 1, 2018 - 2:36pm

OTTAWA -  The Bovine TB investigation in south-east Alberta and south-western Saskatchewan has officially been closed and the notification came from a 'tweet' posted by federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAuley.
 "The @CFIA_Canada bovine TB investigation is officially closed. Final laboratory culture results are all negative. Thank you to cattle producers for their cooperation."
He also posted a link to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for all the details.  All those "details" could leave some gasping in shock.
The final laboratory culture results were all negative.  In the process of dealing with the Bovine TB issue, about 11,500 animals were destroyed and producers were compensated to the tune of $39 million. That includes animals that were ordered destroyed from the infected herd and co-mingled herds and animals that required post-mortem testing.
Producers who had entire herds destroyed have now restocked and completed the first of two rounds of testing to verify that the restocked animals are free from Bovine TB.   

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