Lead toxicity cases highlight a need to check pastures for possible sources of poisoning

17 Oct 2020

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SRUC VS disease Surveillance headlines, July 2020

  • Lead poisoning in young cattle at pasture.

  • Salmonella enterica serovar Bredeney as a cause of milk drop in a dairy herd.

  • Deaths due to urolithiasis following diet change in lambs.

  • Spotty liver disease in a flock of layers.

  • July was a dull, cool month in Scotland with only 84 per cent of average sunshine and a mean temperature 1.1°C below the long-term average. Rainfall was 137 per cent of average and it was wettest in the south west and north east. Sunshine was below normal in central and western counties, near normal in the east, and above normal in Shetland.

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