NORTHERN Tablelands Local Land Services District Vet, Dr Nigel Brown, has warned producers to be wary when purchasing stock feed.
During the current drought conditions producers are having to look further and further afield to purchase supplementary feed for their stock and may not be aware of the origin of the feed they source. Unfortunately, this feed is often lower in quality.
Although some serious problems can occur in fodder that looks normal, e.g. nitrate/nitrite and prussic acid poisoning, it is important to visually inspect the feed on delivery.
Some factors producers should consider when visually assessing feed include:
Evidence of gross contamination/foreign materials (e.g. soil, stubble, wood, metal)