Sask. ranchers urged to test water after mass cattle deaths

Just days before their death, the cattle were moved to a new plot of Shamrock Grazing Ltd. pasture land and last checked on July 2. The dead and ill cattle were discovered five days later. (Kendall Latimer/CBC)

By Kendall Latimer, CBC News, July 12, 2017 

Ranchers can learn from this tragedy to prevent future ones, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association says

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association is encouraging ranchers to test the water in their dugouts, after hundreds of cattle died and fell ill in a grazing pasture near Shamrock, Sask., this month.

Tests are still underway to determine what led to that loss of life.

Saskatchewan’s chief veterinary officer, Betty Althouse, is waiting on post-mortem test results. However, it’s likely that dehydration due to concentrated salt in the water killed the calves and cows, she said Monday.

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