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A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

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A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby Faster horses » Fri May 05, 2017 9:01 pm

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Re: A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Fri May 05, 2017 9:31 pm

Man that's a tough blow to a family.
That happened in Eastern Alberta and Western Saskatchewan last fall.
Strange how when Tam immigrated to Canada 38 years ago she needed clean Xrays to check for TB. Now we get refugees flown in from all over the world and I don't see how they have them all checked for TB.
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Re: A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby Traveler » Fri May 05, 2017 10:20 pm

One would think that there would be a way to determine the origin. If the story gains more traction I predict someone will blame Global Warming.

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Re: A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby Faster horses » Sat May 06, 2017 10:10 am

Speculation is that it was from a Mexican roping steer. No one knows for sure though.
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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Sat May 06, 2017 12:15 pm

When I was in the Stockgrowers we had a presentation on how Foot and Mouth would spread up the continent from a roping in Texas with rope horses carrying it bug along all the way north.
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Re: A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby Traveler » Sat May 06, 2017 7:06 pm

Big Muddy rancher wrote:When I was in the Stockgrowers we had a presentation on how Foot and Mouth would spread up the continent from a roping in Texas with rope horses carrying it bug along all the way north.

Very interesting. Opens up a lot of possibilities.

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Re: A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby Brad S » Sat May 06, 2017 8:05 pm

"Speculation is that it was from a Mexican roping steer. No one knows for sure though."

Those corrientes cross the border like fruit pickers and devil lettuce - unobstructed. I wonder about TB every time I hear about the quarantine being ignored.

Looked like a helluva set of cows

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Re: A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby redrobin » Sun May 07, 2017 11:33 am

My neighbor ended up with one of those cows. Quarantined still waiting on tests results.

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Re: A rancher's nightmare and how they survived it

Postby mrj » Sun May 07, 2017 5:27 pm

"Nightmare", "Tragedy", whatever name you want to tag it with, a hard working family running a solid ranching business have been seriously damaged.

Adding to the damage to them is that it was through absolutely NO FAULT of their own! That seems like adding insult to injury.

It seems to me it would help if a source could be found, and I sure hope more is done to assure that no infected cattle are coming into this country from ANYWHERE. Our borders need to be more secured to stop more than illegal and ill-intentioned people from coming into this country! I have no problem with legitimate trade, but do want cattle moving BOTH directions to be tested for potential problems somewhere in that process. I'm not sure if there still are the numbers of imported 'Mexican steers' that used to be so prevalent in states not far west of SD, but sure hope if they are, it is with adequate testing first.

The costs of this 'incident', financial on top of the emotional scars, (and it is highly likely that the financial reimbursements fall far short of actual costs) to that family surely the 'big' part of the total costs. They have had their own personal 'Atlas' all over again. It's also reminds of the fires, from the huge ones in states to our south, and the Cottonwood and Wolf fires east of Wall, SD in past months. All are 'sort of' acts of nature. Tho I do wonder about the SD fires as both began at pin point spots right along I-90, appearing an easy distance for a cigarette to be tossed, and no real indication of any legitimate source, but maybe could have been something hot falling off a vehicle, couldn't it????? That TB bug surely seems more equivalent to a tossed cigarette in that negligence in having animals tested someplace seems a logical cause, both illegal acts.......unless it was just some sort of wild 'fluke' of nature. Which seems the kinder conclusion.

However, we (govt and individuals) do need to be extremely diligent in doing the best to find the facts in order to prevent another bad situation. And it seems everyone locally concerned in this incident sure have done their best and gone the distance to do what is right. All who played a part can feel good about their efforts, imo.

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