UPDATE: Cattle death cause determined
POOR quality fodder has been blamed for the death of cattle at a Eukey property last week.
There were initial concerns anthrax was to blame, but following further tests that has been dispelled by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
"Biosecurity Queensland is urging livestock owners to be cautious when sourcing fodder supplies after the deaths of 14 cattle on a property in the Stanthorpe district," a Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson said.
"As drought conditions persist in much of southern Queensland and large areas of New South Wales and Victoria, hay is increasingly being made from failed grain crops and drought affected forage crops.
"In hot, dry conditions, crops that would normally provide a valuable source of feed, can accumulate high levels of prussic acid and nitrates.
"Even after being cut and made into hay, the levels of these two naturally occurring chemicals can still be high and toxic to stock, as was the case in this recent Stanthorpe incident.
"Always ask your vendor if they have tested hay, and always use a commodity vendor declaration," the spokesperson said.