Dead bat­tery threat to cat­tle

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AGRI­CUL­TURE min­is­ter Niall Blair has praised Cen­tral West Lo­cal Land Ser­vices (CWLLS) for throw­ing its weight be­hind a char­ity bat­tery drive to raise funds for the Dubbo Roos ju­niors Un­der-15 New Zealand rugby tour this Septem­ber.

He said it’s al­ways im­por­tant for farm­ers to en­sure their dead bat­ter­ies are kept out of the reach of their cat­tle, and says the warn­ing from LLS that cat­tle look even harder for a lead taste dur­ing drought con­di­tions couldn’t be more timely.

“We want to make sure that we get all those bat­ter­ies off prop­er­ties and we don’t want any cat­tle com­ing into con­tact with them,” Mr Blair said.

“But what bet­ter way to do it if you’ve got a lo­cal rugby club or another com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion that’s do­ing the clean up as a fundraiser.

“So I just urge ev­ery­one, have a think, have a look, see if you’ve got any (dead bat­ter­ies) ly­ing around and con­tact those that are look­ing to help you clean it up,” he said.

Lead­ing the lo­cal charge is CWLLS dis­trict vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Eve­lyn Walker. She’s is­sued these warn­ings be­fore but said the dry con­di­tions meant cat­tle were chas­ing a lead fix even more ag­gres­sively than when there’s plenty of feed around.

“When it’s dry like this, cat­tle tend to chase things they wouldn’t nor­mally chase, or eat, and one of those is lead bat­ter­ies, car bat­ter­ies, old trucks and even mo­tor­bike bat­ter­ies as well,” Dr Walker said.

“It is a big is­sue and in fact we’ve had a cou­ple of cases in the last cou­ple of months in this area, so it is some­thing to be aware of.

“It’s def­i­nitely not a good out­come. With cat­tle, when they find the bat­ter­ies they re­ally like the taste of it. They just go for it and tell all their mates and then all their mates go for it too.

“When (the cat­tle have had too much lead it causes live­stock deaths.

“Un­for­tu­nately, when a di­ag­no­sis of lead is made the prop­erty goes into quar­an­tine and we have to iden­tify all the an­i­mals that have po­ten­tially eaten the lead and make sure that those an­i­mals don’t en­ter the food chain,” she said.

She’s a fan of the Un­der-15 Roos char­ity drive be­cause they’ll pick up bat­ter­ies on farm. She says farm­ers of­ten in­tend to take their bat­ter­ies into town to get rid of them, but of­ten­times they get busy and that bat­tery dis­posal trip just keeps get­ting de­ferred.

“Many peo­ple have too many things on their minds; they have a stack of bat­ter­ies sit­ting in the shed but just haven’t got­ten around to clean­ing up, and so (thanks to this fundraiser) it’s one less thing you have to worry about,” Dr Walker said.

“Ring some­one up and they can come and get your bat­ter­ies. Rugby is such a big thing in the coun­try ar­eas and you’ll def­i­nitely be sup­port­ing some­thing lo­cal.

She again urged prop­erty own­ers to clear their pad­docks and other ar­eas of old bat­ter­ies. “Just pick up your bat­ter­ies – even if you think (your stock) haven’t touched them for 20 years – and get them out of the pad­dock now,” she urged.

To dis­pose of bat­ter­ies off farm or in town, call James Parn­aby on 0448 871 282.

NSW Agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Niall Blair (pic­tured above) is con­cerned about the dan­gers to stock of old bat­ter­ies left ly­ing in pad­docks. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

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