Lead poisoning cases have been reported to the DPI.February 21, 2013 4:05am
DPI animal health officers have investigated an increased number of lead poisoning cases in cattle across Victoria in recent months.
DPI district veterinary officer John Gibney said lead poisoning was most common in cattle, and was 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 were being moved to areas not recently or regularly grazed, thorough inspection was required to ensure there wasn’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.’’
Mr Gibney said lead levels in the liver and kidney of surviving animals could 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.’’
Mooroopna Park Primary School principal Hayden Beaton has wasted no time improved his former school's student numbers.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Echuca branch of the Ulysses Club is carrying out its annual toy run on November 29.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.