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History: Foot and mouth and floor prices

Reprinted from the May 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Kenneth Coppock The outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Saskatchewan in late February caused the cancellation of the Regina Bull sale — which this year held forth much promise — and the postponement of the great Calgary Sale. The events at Kamloops and Edmonton went forward as scheduled and the Calgary sale was […] Read more

History: Foot and Mouth Disease in Saskatchewan

Reprinted from the April 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Foot and Mouth Disease in Saskatchewan By Dr. D. T. Childs, Veterinary Director General of Canada ‘The manner or means by which foot and mouth disease was introduced into Saskatchewan his not been definitely established. In that connection, diligent investigation does not indicate the disease was introduced with imported susceptible animals. However, considering the nature […] Read more


The first phase would see successful small businesses get up to $150,000 to refine their research.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency seeks proposals for vaccine matching

Research: News Roundup from the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) seeks proposals from small businesses on developing a computer model that predicts which vaccine strain would best control foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in cattle, sheep and swine. Foot-and-mouth is highly contagious, making it a serious threat to the agriculture industry. Viral strains can be stored in vaccine banks, but right […] Read more

U.S. vaccine supplies are sufficient to control foot-and-mouth in only about four per cent of Iowa’s swine herd or 14 per cent of Texas’s cattle herd.

Foot-and-mouth disease remains a threat to North American livestock

North America needs to prepare better for an outbreak of this economically important disease

Foot-and-mouth disease virus and the disease it causes have been intensively studied for decades. Although we know a great deal about the virus and vaccines used to prevent foot-and-mouth disease, it remains endemic across large parts of Africa, South America, the Middle East and Asia, and is a constant threat to North America. Globally, it […] Read more


African swine fever – watch and learn

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

Many human infectious diseases travel at the speed of the fastest airplane. It’s critical for those involved in the animal protein business — be it beef, poultry or pork anywhere on the globe — to remain vigilant of what’s happening with international neighbours struggling with highly infectious diseases in animals, and learn. No one in […] Read more



History: Up-to-Date on Foot and Mouth Disease

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

(Taken from the June, 1950, issue “The Agricultural Situation”, U.S. Department of Agriculture) ‘Foot-and-mouth disease has been menacing the livestock industry of the United States from below our southern border for the past 3 years. The plague appeared late in 1946 in an explosive outbreak that spread through central Mexico, covering an area of over 200,000 […] Read more




Out of the ebola virus tragedy, are there lessons to be learned?

The West African outbreak should be a wake-up call for the livestock industry

Global health authorities watch with uncertainty as the human ebolavirus tragedy in West Africa unfolds. First recognized in the summer and fall of 1976, the ongoing Zaire ebolavirus outbreak is the largest since its discovery — nearly 9,300 cases and over 4,500 deaths. It continues to spread through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or […] Read more