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Dairy farm loses 55 cows to water contamination

Evolution Farming managed to save 30 more affected cows after they suddenly collapsed at the farm in Leicester.


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Dairy farm loses 55 cows to water contamination

A Leicester dairy farm lost 55 cows in one night yesterday due to water contamination.

 

The farm thanked the team at Evolution Farming and their families, the fire service and the vets for their work to try and save cows and prevent any further casualties.

 

Early yesterday afternoon (June 19) 10 cows at pasture suddenly collapsed, showing symptoms of severe bloat.

 

“The staff on duty at the time are extremely experienced stockmen and have dealt with bloat in previous roles,” a statement said.


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“The condition of the cows was so extreme, they made the decision to perform emergency rumendectomies, using a cannula to release the gas directly through the cows’ sides.

 

“This quick thinking undoubtedly saved several cows’ lives.”

 

Vet

 

Once this emergency action had been taken, the vet was called. By the time he arrived, more cows had collapsed, some in yards, leading the vet to suggest the cause was from the water system.

 

“More cows succumbed as the whole team worked with the vet to treat and make them comfortable into the evening and through the night.

 

“During this time, we were also taking the water system down, cleaning it through and finding alternative water supplies.

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“At this point, we want to express our huge gratitude to Leicestershire Fire Service, who worked tirelessly until dawn to bring fresh water supplies to the cows on-site.

 

“The outcome today is we have tragically lost 55 cows and have managed to save 30.

 

“No more cows have come down with the symptoms since last night and we believe we have managed to contain the issue, albeit with heart-breaking losses along the way.

 

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“The first cows suffered symptoms after afternoon milking but we have agreed with our milk buyer Arla that this milk will not be collected. Arla have been exceptionally supportive throughout.”

 

The water system for the farm was isolated and cannot enter the mains and the farm ensured washings have not been spread on the ground.

 

“The current situation is we are investigating what exactly caused these symptoms and how this could have happened, as we must not ever allow it to happen again,” it said.

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