Almost 1,000 cattle die suddenly in Santa Fe, Argentina

Livestock Alert

The high temperatures, humidity and the suspicion of toxins in the food as a predisposing factor caused the death of a thousand cattle in at least four Santa Fe feedlots at the beginning of this 2019. The cases, which started by dripping and accelerated with the passing of hours, were detected in the towns of Chañar Ladeado and Cafferata.

The phenomenon, formally attributed to heat stress of animals, also puts on the table the system of “fattening to farmyard” that spread in the country as livestock counterpart of the advance of genetically modified crops and use of agrochemicals in agriculture.

Professionals who work for the producers attributed the sudden death of a few thousand young bullocks between 250 and 300 kilos to the heat as the main cause. Biological and chemical analyzes added as a factor the presence of a fungus in fescue seeds, one of the pastures used in animal feed. Ramiro Aramburu, area veterinarian and director of consulting company that provides services to one of the feedlots affected, said the problem began on 1 or January.

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