The quarantine continues for 33 Alberta farms. And now, two in Saskatchewan, after a case of bovine tuberculosis was found in a herd near Jenner, Alberta.
The bad news is that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency hasn’t traced the source of the infection.
But as Alberta Beef Producers’ Tom Lynch-Staunton told the Alberta Morning News, the good news is that no other cows have tested positive, and that means it shouldn’t affect the trade status of Alberta beef.
“And so, if there’s another case identified within a certain time frame, (…) 48 months I believe it is, then there could be trade implications.” Lynch-Staunton said. “But as of now, it’s just considered one case, and shouldn’t affect trade.”
Lynch-Staunton said there are already several short-term financial relief programs through the Agricultural Services Corporation for farms under quarantine, with more long-term compensation in the works from the Province, Ottawa, and the Alberta Beef Producers.
“So we really encourage producers to keep track of all their cost records.” said Lynch-Staunton, “Extra feed, time, labour, and other costs that could be involved with keeping their cattle longer.”
The CFIA has warned that tracing the infection could take months, with even more quarantines possible during the course of the investigation. (ms, Alberta Morning News)