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B.C. bovine TB outbreak’s trace-out completed

All cattle that moved away from a British Columbia farm where four animals were found to be infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB) have been tracked down and tested. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Tuesday it has completed its “trace-out” investigation stemming from last fall’s discovery of a TB-positive beef cow from a farm in […] Read more

Few herds remain in B.C. bovine TB probe

The federal investigation into an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis affecting four animals in a domestic British Columbia cattle herd has pulled back to include just seven properties. As of Monday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s probe included one herd each in B.C. and Saskatchewan and four herds in Alberta under movement controls, along with the […] Read more


Bovine TB strain in latest outbreak new to Canada

Canada’s latest outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in domestic cattle involves a strain of TB bacteria not related to any previously seen in Canadian livestock or wildlife. Culture testing of bacteria taken from a cow confirmed as TB-positive in November shows it’s “not related to past cases of bovine TB in Alberta or British Columbia or […] Read more

Six more cattle herds to be tested in TB probe

Updated, Dec. 20 — Cattle from four more herds in British Columbia and two in Alberta are now being tested for bovine tuberculosis as officials probe the country’s latest domestic case of the disease. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday reported the six herds are now under “movement controls” while TB testing is underway. […] Read more


Bovine TB probe officially closed

An investigation across three provinces following the appearance of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in six Prairie cattle in 2016 has officially closed with no further cases found. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday reported receiving the last of the lab culture test results on about 30,000 animals tested during its probe. “All of the results […] Read more

The bovine TB mystery may never be solved

Health: News Roundup from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While there is no doubt several ranching operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan took it on the chin, Canada has come through the discovery of a single TB case in 2016 still with a “TB Free” country status and no significant market disruption, says an official with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) While there was […] Read more


The search continues for TB and JD vaccines

Animal Health: Treatment for the elusive diseases grows closer

We could be lucky and find our vaccine candidates for bovine tuberculosis and Johne’s disease within a month, or it could take a year and a half. We hope within a two-year window we will have candidates ready to test out in the field.” These encouraging words come from Dr. Andrew Potter, CEO at the […] Read more

Dr. E.E. Ballantyne, director of Veterinary Services, Edmonton, Alta.

History: Compensation for T.B. Reactors Found in Restricted Area Testing

Reprinted from the May 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Dr. E.E. Ballantyne, director of Veterinary Services, Edmonton, Alta. Because it is compulsory to dispose of reactors to the test for tuberculosis, the Dominion Government pays compensation for such animals so that the owner will be helped to build his herd with healthy cattle. Compensation on purebred cattle is up to $100 and grades […] Read more


Bovine TB probe’s focus turns to infected herd

With no new cases of bovine tuberculosis discovered on the Prairies since mid-November, federal officials are now turning their focus to how the disease got into half a dozen cattle in the region last fall. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday it has finished TB-screening and depopulating all mature cattle from 18 properties that […] Read more

Eight more quarantines added in bovine TB probe

UPDATED, Jan. 23, 2017 — Another eight properties housing about 2,000 cattle have been put under federal quarantine since last week as officials continue to track down livestock exposed to bovine tuberculosis (TB). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Thursday pegged the number of premises under quarantine at about 58, and the number of animals […] Read more