Crowsnest Conservation Society

Deadstock Removal Program continues in the Waterton Biosphere Reserve

FROM: Andrea Morehouse, Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association and Pincher Creek Voice

Southwest Alberta is ranch country, and many people in this corner of the province make their living from raising cattle. The unfortunate reality is that when you have livestock, you have deadstock. Natural losses of livestock are unavoidable. In the “old days” carcasses were often left on the rancher’s property to decompose, sometimes in an on- farm designated area or “boneyard.” Once a rendering service became available, more ranchers used these companies which removed deadstock from ranches free of charge because the carcasses held commercial value to the rendering company. Things changed, however, with the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian cattle in 2003.


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