Watch your cattle - lead poisoning kills

 DPI Animal Health Officers have investigated an increased number of lead poisoning cases in cattle across Victoria in recent months.
DPI Warrnambool District Veterinary Officer, John Gibney said within the south-west region alone, four separate outbreaks of lead poisoning have been detected.  
 
“Lead poisoning is most common in cattle, and is usually caused by old discarded lead batteries that have become brittle and cracked, allowing cattle to access the lead contained within."

“Young stock seem to be particularly attracted to lead, and most of the recent cases have involved dairy heifers on out blocks or agistment paddocks,” he said.  
 
Mr Gibney said where cattle are being moved to areas not recently or regularly grazed, thorough inspection is required to ensure there isn’t anything within the area that may be detrimental to their health.  
 “Clinical signs include staggering and blindness, and unfortunately death is often the first sign of lead poisoning.

 “Treatment is often unsuccessful but an accurate early diagnosis can help to prevent further losses as other livestock can be removed from the source of  the contamination,” he said. 

 Mr Gibney said lead levels in the liver and kidney of surviving animals can remain elevated for many months. 

 “Animal tissues containing elevated lead levels are not permitted to be slaughtered for human consumption. 

 “DPI imposes restrictions through a Contaminated Stock Notice preventing slaughter for human consumption until lead levels are below an established  threshold.” 

 For further information on lead poisoning please contact your local DPI Animal Health Officer.

 Acknowledgement: Agsene: Department Primary Industry news in the Loddon Mallee region
News Category

New Forum Topics

Topic Replies Last post Forum
3059 Tractor implements... Advice please.
by Mal on Sat, 09/10/2016 - 11:08
2
by pasture.improv…
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:10
Farming Help
5869 Goat founder, please help.
by annef202 on Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:32
2
by admin
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:09
Goats
5832 Grass / Reed identification
by steventh on Fri, 08/09/2019 - 08:22
3
by pasture.improv…
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:03
Weeds & Pests
3085 Order of operations for pasture improvement
by patdwyer on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:51
3
by pasture.improv…
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:01
Farming Help
3022 What to do?
by Andrew_Porter on Wed, 08/03/2016 - 21:37
1
by pasture.improv…
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:52
New Members
2967 What to do with 10 acres ?
by jp_ads on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:49
5
by Bushwick
Thu, 10/10/2019 - 21:57
Farming Help
5870 Do lambs need to be treated prior to Consumption?
by Bushwick on Sun, 10/06/2019 - 22:15
2
by Bushwick
Thu, 10/10/2019 - 21:48
Sheep
5838 Farm layout
by thato on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 08:14
2
by Redhead
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 22:17
Farm planning
5862 Sheep agistment
by faki03 on Thu, 09/26/2019 - 07:17
1
by admin
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:21
Sheep
5798 Dairy cow, where?
by shelle on Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:49
5
by zararr
Sun, 09/29/2019 - 00:21
General Forum
3032 Selling meat off farm that is slaughtered by a registered abattoir
by Dominiquet on Sun, 08/14/2016 - 17:38
2
by admin
Wed, 09/25/2019 - 09:11
Farming Help
5849 50 acres in Hawkesbury - Looking for some advice re goat farming
by xmss on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 18:02
1
by admin
Thu, 09/19/2019 - 16:02
New Members
5855 sheep and goats
by mick650 on Mon, 09/09/2019 - 20:06
2
by mick650
Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:10
General Forum
5847 Cattle start up
by grahamsie on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:10
4
by Albertgotdonkey
Sat, 09/14/2019 - 09:04
Cattle
5846 Phasing out of Herbicides
by Pandacorp on Mon, 09/02/2019 - 03:39
1
by admin
Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:20
Weeds & pests
5840 Horse agistment Tax deductions
by nq1 on Fri, 08/23/2019 - 18:47
1
by admin
Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:03
New Members
5837 Looking for vat milk
by lookingformilk on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:12
1
by admin
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:08
General Forum
5522 Total newbies on 8 acres Vic
by shelle on Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:56
8
by shelle
Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:42
New Members
5834 Hello, 10 acres in South Gippsland
by Gumboots on Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:27
0
by Gumboots
Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:27
New Members
5794 Olive Fertilizer
by alweller on Sun, 08/04/2019 - 11:51
1
by admin
Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:03
Fertiliser

Our Sponsors

Our Partners