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A decade on, BSE lawsuit may finally go to trial

$8-billion class-action suit says Ottawa should have done more

It’s been more than a decade since it started, but a class-action suit against the federal government for damages incurred as a result of BSE could be going to trial by the end of the year. “We had the first round of discoveries for 2015 and various questions arose from that, that there were outstanding […] Read more

When it comes to bovine TB, a closed herd is a safer herd

Bovine tuberculosis usually isn’t discovered until 
an animal reaches the packing plant

Initial symptoms for bovine tuberculosis can be “quite vague” and hard to spot. “The general symptoms for an animal infected are depression, lethargy, and chronic weight loss,” said Dr. Cody Creelman, who works at Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie. “You may or may not see a fever, and as it progresses and gets quite severe, […] Read more


When moving cattle from mature pastures into lush green ones, only give them access to a small portion so they don’t come down with fog fever, says Dr. Nathan Erickson.

Deadly cattle condition called fog fever returns to the Prairies

Cases of fog fever, a type of pneumonia that causes severe cattle mortality, 
have been recently diagnosed in Alberta

Fog fever — a condition that causes cattle to suddenly drop dead — has returned to Alberta and Saskatchewan. “Fog fever isn’t extremely common” said Nathan Erickson, a veterinarian and assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan. “Some of these old diseases, we start forgetting about them because we’ve managed our way out of them. […] 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


T4 bacteriophages immobilized onto 
E. coli biosensor surface.

U of A research could detect Johne’s disease

Currently no reliable test to detect the frequent problem in dairy herds


Johne’s disease is a challenge for the dairy industry. One of the main issues associated with identifying Johne’s is that the calf gets infected at a young age, but symptoms may not show in the animal for years. Johne’s disease is difficult to diagnose and when present, can cause animal mortality, decreased milk production and […] Read more

Surveillance and BSE testing is more important than ever, CFIA official Craig Price said at the recent Alberta Beef Industry Conference.

Officials stress need for testing

The latest BSE case only increases the need for Canada to test 30,000 animals yearly

Keep calm and carry on testing. That’s the message going out to producers following the latest case of BSE in an Alberta cow. “At times like this, it’s as important, if not more so, to continue with surveillance and be vigilant,” Canadian Food Inspection Agency official Craig Price told attendees at the recent Alberta Beef […] Read more