Mysterious Deaths of Beef Cattle

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After very heavy rains and most recently after a hard freeze, I have cows that appear fine one day and are down the next never to get up. The whites of the eyes appear very swollen and the vet has taken tissue & blood samples to no avail. I have two different fields of commercial animals and am feeding the same hay and feed supplements at both. Only one field has this problem. Help! Have lost 3 cows and their 3 calves in the last 2 weeks and have 2 more cows down today!

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I would be looking for soil contaminants. Selenium deposits, arsenic, lead etc.

dun

> After very heavy rains and most
> recently after a hard freeze, I
> have cows that appear fine one day
> and are down the next never to get
> up. The whites of the eyes appear
> very swollen and the vet has taken
> tissue & blood samples to no
> avail. I have two different fields
> of commercial animals and am
> feeding the same hay and feed
> supplements at both. Only one
> field has this problem. Help! Have
> lost 3 cows and their 3 calves in
> the last 2 weeks and have 2 more
> cows down today!
 
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Anonymous

> I would be looking for soil
> contaminants. Selenium deposits,
> arsenic, lead etc.

> dun .

has there been run off from nearbye fields sounds like lead

look for a old car battery

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Strange question....are there ulcers in the mouth? If there are, you could be looking at Malignant Catarrhal Fever, aka Malignant head catarrh, bovine malignant cararrh...caused by a virus. Since the cattle aren't likely near wildebeest, it could be the form transmitted by sheep. Any near the cattle? Otherwise, toxins from bracken fern?? I'm reaching here....any further info?
 

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