One cow had to be euthanized and three cattle remained missing as of Wednesday afternoon after five bovines fell from a moving trailer, RCMP report.
One of the animals had to be put down after it fell onto the Trans-Canada Highway near Carberry.
Exactly why the animals fell is a mystery.
“I’m not sure that we were able to definitively find the cause as to why the tailgate would have come open on the trailer,” said Blue Hills RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike Zens.
RCMP were called at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday to a spot on the Trans-Canada in the RM of North Cypress, about 14 kilometres east of Carberry.
There were reports of a cow laying on the westbound lane of the highway but the animal managed to pull itself into the ditch.
No one saw how the cow came to be on the road, but Blue Hills RCMP determined that it was one of five that had fallen from a moving trailer being hauled by an RM of St. Louise farmer.
He was transporting several of his cattle from a Pilot Mound-area farm to a Brandon-area livestock company at the time. He wasn’t aware that the cattle had fallen, RCMP said.
The animal that was laying on the highway had to be euthanized due to its injuries. Another found in the area was captured and didn’t seem to have serious injuries, Zens said.
However, as of late Wednesday afternoon, three other cattle remained missing somewhere between Pilot Mound and the Carberry area.
No vehicles hit the cows and there were no injuries.
A 52-year-old man has been ticketed $295 under the Highway Traffic Act for transporting livestock in a manner that would cause injury or unnecessary suffering.