On July 1 the USDA removed a requirement that Manitoba breeding cattle and bison be tested for TB, prior to export into the U.S. | File photo

No TB testing for Manitoba cattle

It’s been 10 years since a cow has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in Manitoba. Since then, thousands of cows have been tested in and around Riding Mountain National Park, to see if TB is present in the region. Finally, after years of mustering herds and testing animals for TB, the U.S. Department of Agriculture […] Read more

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, left, Jenner, Alta., rancher Brad Osadczuk and federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay met March 25 at Osadczuk’s ranch to recognize the end of a bovine tuberculosis investigation that began in 2016.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Bovine TB investigation in Alta. officially over

The tuberculosis scare in that province saw 11,500 cattle destroyed and cost governments up to $54 million

JENNER, Alta. — The investigation into Alberta cases of bovine tuberculosis has successfully concluded, but like many successes, it came at a high cost. Some 11,500 animals were destroyed in the Jenner region of southeastern Alberta, with only six found to be infected. Federal and provincial compensation provided to ranchers who lost their herds cost […] Read more

The AgriRecovery initiative was signed earlier this month after the province helped producers with the costs of keeping animals that should have gone to market. | File photo

Sask. to use AgriRecovery for TB quarantine costs

Saskatchewan has signed an agreement with Ottawa to try to recover funds it spent to help producers affected by bovine tuberculosis quarantines. The AgriRecovery initiative was signed earlier this month after the province helped producers with the costs of keeping animals that should have gone to market. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart had said in January […] Read more


Many producers suspect elk as a potential cause of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, but researchers say there is no evidence indicating a link.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Bovine tuberculosis poorly understood

Current Alberta case has required considerable detective work to find all infected animals and determine disease origin

HANNA, Alta. — Canadian cattle have been tuberculosis-free since 1985, which has reduced the level of understanding of the disease among producers. However, the discovery of a small number of cases on a southeastern Alberta ranch last fall sparked renewed interest in the disease. The cases resulted in the quarantine of 58 operations and condemnation […] Read more