One sheep and possibly four others from a flock east of Regina recently died from anthrax. | File photo

Sask. finds first anthrax since 2019

Anthrax has killed at least one sheep and possibly four others in a flock east of Regina. The provincial agriculture ministry confirmed the cause of death in a July 8 news release. The affected farm is in the Rural Municipality of South Qu’Appelle, which includes the communities of McLean, Qu’Appelle, Edgeley and Avonhurst. Chief veterinarian […] Read more

Anthrax spores live in the soil and are buoyant in water. When sloughs and potholes dry up, the spores remain and concentrate. Disease surveillance veterinarian Dr. Wendy Wilkins said as the grazing season winds down and animals get into less desirable forage the chances of getting to those spores increase. | National Institute of Standards and Technology [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons photo

Southeast Sask. producers dealing with anthrax

Provincial officials say seven animals are dead from anthrax in the rural municipality of Chester, southeast of Regina. These are the first deaths from the soil-borne disease in the province since three farms, in incidences involving cattle and bison, were affected in 2015. The province wouldn’t reveal what type of animals were affected this year, […] Read more

Animals such as cattle, bison, sheep, goats and horses graze closer to the soil during drier years, placing them at greater risks of contracting anthrax. | File photo

Producers urged to keep anthrax risks in mind

Disease prominent during drier years after pastures have flooded and spores are stirred to the surface

As livestock producers face another potentially dry summer, they need to be on the watch for anthrax. While fairly uncommon, anthrax is a soil-borne disease that can quickly kill cattle, bison, sheep, goats and horses. Animals tend to graze closer to the soil during drier years, which places them at greater risks of contracting the […] Read more

During a 2006 anthrax outbreak, more than 800 animals died on more than 150 premises in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  |  File photo

Take action to prevent anthrax in cattle, bison

A good time to write about anthrax is when there isn’t a big outbreak across Western Canada. Anthrax strikes fear into most cattle producers but with the last big outbreak occurring seven years ago in 2006, there is a risk of becoming complacent. In 2006, we learned a lot about the disease and how to […] Read more