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Finding a cause for lameness in sheep

Little research on sheep lameness has been done in Canada, but the incidence can be high

Not a lot of work had been done to figure out why sheep go lame, but some Alberta researchers are working to change this. “We would like to develop a strategy to diagnose lame sheep which can later be used to inform best management practices to treat these animals,” said Wiolene Montanari Nordi, at the […] Read more

Tick season now underway

Alberta isn’t yet a hot spot for ticks carrying Lyme disease, but they are here — and farmers should be on guard

Ticks may be unavoidable in farming, but getting bitten isn’t. The blacklegged tick, or deer tick, has become infamous for transmitting Lyme disease (which counts muscle aches, joint, heart and neurological problems and fatigue among its many symptoms), babesiosis (also causing flu-like symptoms and ramping up to anorexia, joint pain and a possible hospital visit), […] Read more


Blacklegged ticks (or deer ticks) are most commonly found within and along the edge of forests 
and in areas with thick, woody shrubs.

Take precautions to minimize risks of tick exposure

Blacklegged ticks are known to carry three serious illnesses

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and people need to remember that tick-borne diseases are completely preventable. People can protect themselves by performing regular tick checks after spending time outdoors, knowing where blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) are located, minimizing the risk of exposure, and recognizing the signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases. […] Read more