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Botulism, it won’t happen to me, or will it!

Botulism in CattleRobbie Gordon wouldn’t wish his last few weeks on anyone.

The dairy farmer from Grevilia, near Kyogle on the North Coast, has watched helplessly as 98 of his dairy cows have died from Botulism by eating contaminated silage.

While the tests are not conclusive, it seems a small animal or snake may have died and rotted in the stored silage, producing the potent botulinum toxin.

“The vets told me there’s nothing you can do once the cows are affected, just watch them die – it’s absolutely devastating,” Mr Gordon said.

“I still can’t sleep. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.” Mr Gordon said he wanted to “shout from the highest mountain” Continue reading

What Is The Importance Of Salt For Your Livestock

What Is The Importance Of Salt For Your LivestockThe elements of common salt, sodium and chlorine, are essential for animal life. They are part of several functions in maintaining osmotic pressure in body cells which is vital to the transfer of nutrients and waste products across the cell membrane. Salt is a major component of fluid blood, which contains about 0.17% of both Continue reading