By April 1st of 2014, four diseases that affect cattle will be moved from “reportable” to “immediately notifiable” under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The change is significant in a few ways, most notably that once a disease is no longer reportable, any financial assistance in managing the disease evaporates. The four diseases are: Chronic wasting disease, anthrax, rabies and anaplosmosis.
Dr. Wayne Tomlinson, extension veterinarian with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, spoke at a recent Beef & Forage Production day at Arborg, Manitoba, about not only the impending changes, but also how producers could be managing for some of these diseases. Specifically, Tomlinson explains why anaplosmosis has been delisted from the “reportable” list, how ranchers may (or may not) spot the diseases and how ranching operations may be the biggest risk to its spread if undetected in the herd. Listen to the interview below for more. (For more on anaplasmosis and the CFIA details on the change to the disease’s status, click here.)
Tomlinson notes that the monitoring situation regarding rabies, anthrax and CWB is evolving given the impending changes, and suspected cases of any of these still requires a call to your veterinarian.
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