The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is calling for faster aid during livestock emergencies.
The request comes as ranchers in southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan continue to grapple with the fallout from a quarantine of several farms because of bovine tuberculosis.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has quarantined over 35 farms as it tries to determine the source of the disease and how far it has spread. There have been six confirmed cases so far.
Ottawa has promised financial help for ranchers caught in limbo, but the association is calling for a more permanent solution.
Dr. Jaspinder Komal says the CFIA has not experienced any negative impacts on trade as a result of the outbreak.
“There has been no stoppage, especially with the U.S., of animals going through the border … and we’ve had no negative reactions from other trading partners.” Komal said.
He said the CFIA has not yet pinpointed a cause for the outbreak.