To Jersey Milker....
I am Montana, the shepherd you claim to know so much about. Not sure where, how or why you fabricated your version of what transpired, but it's not
anywhere near what happened.
What makes you think I was offered a settlement and refused it? The CFIA does what they want..they weren't waiting for me to accept or refuse
anything. They inferred to the public via news media and press releases that owners were compensated, but I was never offered any money not did I turn
Which is besides the point anyway...my flock wasirreplaceable
.their genetics and pedigrees dated back to the first Shropshires imported here in
early 1900. The main point is that a healthy flock of rare sheep were destroyed, as was my 13 years of working to repopulate heritage
Shropshires..which are nothing like modern American shropshires. There are now less that 80 heritage ewes in all of Canada.
The flock ALL tested negative in a live test the CFIA themselves performed—a rectal biopsy with 88% accuracy. The dead test on the obex brain
tissue is not even 100% accuracy...so the thing to do would be to redo the LIVE TEST several times to increase the accuracy levels above 88% (which
is already very high). Not kill them all! Why don't you mention that litlte detail? Or that I never had a single sign nor symptom in 13 years—the
entire time I had my flock?
I will not even begine to refute the rest of your comments because every single point is flawed and inaccurate, which is a polite way to say it's all
nonsense. Where did you get all this nonsense?
It wasn't a lamb that was found to have scrapie in Alberta, and scientists and CFIA vets agree that that sheep could have acquired the disease AFTER
it left my farm. Do your homework. Do your research my friend, before you jump in and make up stories...based on what exactly? More info is
... read ALL the info if you are interested in understanding what really happened.
There was never any scrapie in my flock or on my farm, and I WAS cooperating with CFIA to help determine /rule out my flock as a potential source of
infection of the contaminated Alberta farm. Many more cases were found in that flock in Alberta, but they were not publicized.
I suggested a 9 point risk free proposal that would have enabled CFIA to monitor my flock and keep them in quarantine here safe and sound on my farm
( and you claim my flock was a health risk and threat to other flocks?? Ridiculous fear mongering!) I tried to help find out the real facts and work
with them. The CFIA's knee jerk reaction was uncalled for. "Play fair with the government? " You are hilarious...Have a good day—hope you feel safe
in the hands of government protecting you in your little bubble.
Originally posted by Jerseymilker
The story in short form is this:
Montana the woman with the sheep was offered a settlement on the sheep. She would have been given cash based on market value for the sheep that the
CFIA were going to take. Montana refused.
The only way to test the sheep at this point and time, is to kill the sheep. Only then would they know if those sheep were infected or not. One of
Montana's sheep a lamb or a 1 to 2 year old I believe, was sent out to Alberta. That lamb was infected. The lamb was reported to the authorities, as
is regulation, like it or not.
The CFIA stepped in and put a quarantine on the sheep. Montana instead of reaching a deal with the CFIA decided to bring the issue to the public. The
CFIA deal was taken off the table.
Then the Farmers Peace Corp stepped in, ran by Micheal Schmidt out of Ontario. The same guy who is fighting the government re raw milk charges. He and
Montana and a few others cooked up an idea to steal the sheep, who at the time were government property, on the night or the night before the
Government were to come and get/kill the sheep.
The Government looked for months for those sheep, and when they were found they brought charges against Montana and Micheal and all the others that
You want to steal Government property then tough, pay the price and don't whine!
Yes it's sucks the only way to tell if sheep are infected is to kill them. Had Montana played fair with the Government she would have lost a lot less
Had the sheep been infected, this story could have had a lot worse ending. Not only for Montana but for all the sheep and goats they were around.
Other farmers need to be protected as well.
When disease is involved in livestock we don't have to like it but sometimes the animals must die in order to save the many. This was not about rare
sheep, it was about livestock safety,
The Government spent a lot of money trying to find those sheep, I hope the lot of them end up in Jail! That was tax payer money spent, not very cool.
They have been brought up on criminal charges and over $100,000 in fines have been laid against them.
Make no mistake I am not pro Government, but I don't like what Montana and Micheal did. They did this to themselves.
30-4-2013 by Wholearth because: typos