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Anthrax an increased threat this summer

Weather conditions have created the ‘perfect storm’ for increased anthrax risk in many parts of the country. The highly contagious and infectious soil-borne disease can infect most mammals, but especially bison and beef cattle. It is most common if there is a drought after soil has been disturbed (such as by flooding, heavy rains, soil […] Read more

It’s worth the effort to find out what happened

Beef 911: Autopsies can provide very valuable information you 
can use to enhance preventive medicine protocols

When an animal dies, producers often simply have it disposed of. But that often means valuable information is lost — so decisions for the rest of the herd or altering treatments for subsequent cases cannot be made. An experienced veterinarian can glean very valuable information from a complete autopsy and often give you the cause […] Read more


Warning issued as anthrax shows up early

Having a case this early in the year is unusual 
and the dry spring may be to blame

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has confirmed a case of anthrax in a cow in Mackenzie County. A few cases of anthrax are reported in Western Canada nearly every year, typically between July and mid-September and usually following hot weather. This case is unusual in that it was detected in March. Anthrax spores survive in soil, […] Read more

Anthrax strikes two cattle operations near Fort Vermilion

If an animal dies suddenly on your property, 
do not move it and call a veterinarian for a diagnosis

Anthrax has surfaced in Alberta, killing about 10 cattle on two separate operations in the Fort Vermilion area. This follows the death of two bison that died in North Battleford, Sask. and producers are being warned to be on the lookout for anthrax, due to the hot, dry conditions. The disease is not new to […] Read more


Anthrax can be a threat to bison, cattle, sheep and goats during drier years, says veterinarian Kent Weir.

Anthrax warning issued after two bison die near North Battleford

There is a greater risk of anthrax in dry conditions and 
a sudden unexplained death is the key warning sign

Authorities are warning that the anthrax danger is higher after two bison northwest of North Battleford, Sask. recently died after contracting the highly contagious disease. “Whenever we have drier summers, anthrax is always a higher risk,” said Dr. Kent Weir, associate veterinarian with Weir Veterinary services in Lloydminster. Anthrax spores can survive for decades in […] Read more

Recent hot, dry weather has resulted in prime conditions for anthrax to develop.

Anthrax detected in northern Alberta

Two cases confirmed from two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has been notified of confirmed cases of anthrax in two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area. Given these findings and recently confirmed cases in Saskatchewan, producers are reminded to be on the look-out for anthrax. The recent hot, dry weather has led to conditions that are favourable for […] Read more


Recent bison deaths in North Battleford due to anthrax, more suspected

Keep a close eye on your herd and contact your vet immediately if you suspect anthrax on your farm

With high temperatures and drought, cattle and bison are at a higher risk of anthrax. Two bison deaths northwest of North Battleford, Saskatchewan have recently been confirmed as caused by anthrax, and seven others are suspected. Producers are encouraged to keep a watchful eye and to refresh their memories on what to do when anthrax […] Read more

Cows in pasture

Preventing negative side-effects of vaccinations in cattle

Beef 911: Vaccinating is a great tool, but producers need vaccination protocols and should be ready to deal with their negative effects

There is now a multitude of vaccines on the market for all facets of the beef and dairy industry. Vaccinating has become part of the biosecurity program on your farm, ranch or dairy. It is good for our industry as it controls disease, minimizes antibiotic use, improves production, and decreases death or losses from abortion. […] Read more