Ranchers in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada can now apply to access financial assistance to cope with an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis. The outbreak is forcing the slaughter of an estimated 10,000 cattle after five cattle tested positive for bovine TB. Canada’s agriculture minister announced this week Canada has approved $16.7 million to assist ranchers impacted by the outbreak. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports an estimated 10,000 cattle are scheduled to be slaughtered across 40 ranching operations placed under quarantine. About 18,000 cattle across the region are currently under the federal quarantine while the investigation and testing of other cattle continues. The U.S. Department of Agriculture first notified Canada of the bovine TB outbreak when a cow from Alberta tested positive for bovine TB at a U.S. slaughterhouse.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.