A farmer in west-central Saskatchewan has lost two cows and one bull after they ate treated canola which was dumped on the farmer’s pasture.
Bill Laing farms about five kilometres west of Harris, and says there still could be long-term effects in other cattle who ate the 15 or 20 bushels of treated canola, including liver damage, or even abortions from pregnant cows.
Laing says no one knows for sure who did this.
“I phoned around to all the neighbours around that area and just asked if they saw anybody driving around suspiciously, and nobody has had an answer for it,” Laing says. “(There are) a couple guys who I thought might have done it, but I can’t pin point, and I can’t say that they did it because we don’t know.”
Laing says there will be signs posted around his pasture from now on.
“It’s private land, it has a gate, and I guess we should be posting it and saying ‘No trespassing, (violators) will be prosecuted’,” Laing says. “Maybe we should be putting signs up, we didn’t have a sign up but most people know they don’t go into pastures where there’s cattle without permission. I guess we should be putting signs up so I think we will be doing that from now on.”
Total financial loss for Laing`s farm is around $9,000 so far.
The case is being investigated by Rosetown RCMP.