The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a huge investigation for tuberculosis in herds in Southeastern Alberta may take months.
It is transferring staff from other regions of Canada to speed the investigation which so far involves quarantines on about 35 ranches.
The CFIA says that, depending on its findings, that may increase.
The investigation was prompted by the discovery of one tuberculosis-infected cow shipped to a packing plant in the United States.
As this investigation involves a significant number of herds and requires the tracing of the movement of animals for the past five years plus testing, it is not expected to be completed for several months.
“We recognize that the quarantines and movement controls are having a significant impact on producers, especially those that planned on fall sales of their animals,” the CFA says on its website.
“The CFIA will pay compensation to producers as quickly as possible for any animals ordered destroyed.
“Producers may be eligible for assistance for expenses not covered by the CFIA's compensation authority from other programs involving Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Alberta Agriculture and Forests,” it says on the website.