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post #1 of 37 Old 11-27-2019, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Water can kill... (Graphic picture showing death...)

Graphic picture showing death...


This is too important to not share...so many of us have different kinds of livestock, not just equines...

Not the scene anyone likes to encounter on arriving at a farm!
Five young heifers dead and another dying after they drank water from a trough filled with a previously used IBC tank. Our investigation makes us believe that tanks previously contained a diesel fuel additive containing Urea that despite being washing out, has contaminated the water given to these cows. This is the second incident with stock deaths Wauchope Vets have been involved with within 4 months involving these tanks being used.
This is one of the awful realities of drought and the complications of providing safe clean water to livestock.
Urea poisoning can cause rapid death in livestock. Cattle can show aggitation, irritability, and aggressive behaviour, with loss of ruminal tone and bloating. Sheep are often dull and depressed. Horses may show depression and head pressing. Sadly depending on the amount ingested they normally will die quite quickly.
Please share and help us prevent more of these accidents. Farmers are struggling enough with the drought to have to deal with these tragedies.


This was on Facebook where I copy & pasted from...life-saving information!
This is pertaining to drought in Australia, but it applies to everywhere animals need water... BEWARE!!

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post #2 of 37 Old 11-27-2019, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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The additive they refer to is used in DEF....mandatory for diesel use today in all states on newer vehicles..
Big trucks, smaller pick-ups...if a diesel you are using it..

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post #3 of 37 Old 11-27-2019, 10:32 AM
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IMO you need to put a warning on this picture, it is very distressing.

Also, the title is not quite accurate. Maybe change to something along the lines of "Be careful on reusing containers for food and/or water"
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Horselovingguy, That is a stockman's nightmare. I've lost a few due to lightening and we all lose calves and an occasional cow but, to lose that many at once is not only hard on the pocket book but a real loss. Sorry for your loss and glad you identified the problem quickly and eliminated it. As far as putting a warning on the picture that is not right. As animal stewards we need to be aware of what our actions can happen when we are not ever vigilant when making any changes in their living environment. The man that taught me all I know about ranching once told me when I lost a calf " if you can't afford to lose one once in a while your in the wrong business." Sometimes there is a great disconnect between those of us that know the realities of raising stock and those that only buy beef in neatly wrapped packages at the store.
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Horselovingguy, That is a stockman's nightmare. I've lost a few due to lightening and we all lose calves and an occasional cow but, to lose that many at once is not only hard on the pocket book but a real loss. Sorry for your loss and glad you identified the problem quickly and eliminated it. As far as putting a warning on the picture that is not right. As animal stewards we need to be aware of what our actions can happen when we are not ever vigilant when making any changes in their living environment. The man that taught me all I know about ranching once told me when I lost a calf " if you can't afford to lose one once in a while your in the wrong business." Sometimes there is a great disconnect between those of us that know the realities of raising stock and those that only buy beef in neatly wrapped packages at the store.
I think it is in the forum rules to warn others of possible upsetting pictures. (It might not be, but most posters are careful to warn others)

Keep in mind that not all are adults on this forum, and not everyone wants to see pictures of death without warning the pictures are there.

Not wanting to see graphic pictures has nothing to do with not understanding where meat comes from.

Personally, due to the title, I mistakenly thought there was new information posted r/t chemicals/additives in well or city water, or even pond water.
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IMO you need to put a warning on this picture, it is very distressing.

Also, the title is not quite accurate. Maybe change to something along the lines of "Be careful on reusing containers for food and/or water"
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Sorry for your loss and glad you identified the problem quickly and eliminated it. As far as putting a warning on the picture that is not right. As animal stewards we need to be aware of what our actions can happen when we are not ever vigilant when making any changes in their living environment.

AnitaAnne...I do not find the picture distressing...
What I found distressing is that because the animals drank water offered by humans during a drought they died...that is distressing.
The title is accurate...water can kill.
I did put a warning of graphic picture since you seem offended, maybe others would be...but to me this is not graphic nor gross.
I did not mean to offend...

To clear a misunderstanding ksbowman...
These are not my animals nor do I know who they belonged to.
This was a post that came up on a Facebook page I copy & pasted it here.
This took place in Australia...
The part that hit home though is those huge square tanks transportation companies purchase DEF for fleets are also used/reused here once empty.
I see them with for sale signs in peoples yards here and advertised on Craigslist for carrying water where there is no well...people may also use this water when they go to hunting camps.
So, the jeopardy is around the globe...anyone who uses such cubes without knowing what was in it previous or if there is residual effects.
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OMG.. That is so tragic. I'm so sorry for your cows, but what you are saying is so very true. This type of poisoning is so toxic. :(

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Wow - just - wow. What an absolute nightmare and heart breaker:(

Not the picture but the WHY of the picture. This one leaves me speechless ————-

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Everyone has an opinion, and I stand by mine.

The issues is not really the water, it is reusing containers not meant for food or water. The water was poisoned because toxic chemicals leached into the water, not because the water was bad initially.

All containers come clearly labeled if they are drinking water safe.

Containers that come with chemicals in them are clearly labeled as such, and are labeled as not for reuse for food or water. The companies certainly do not want to be liable for illegal reuse. Many companies do not resell the containers for exactly this type of reason.

I feel badly for the animals that trusted their owner to provide safe water for them. This was no accident, it was preventable death by providing the proper containers.

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes this type of tragedy for people to learn.
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Very correct AA...


Hence the thread being placed for all to see and be made aware...
BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR HORSES/ANIMALS...they depend on you to protect them!!!
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