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Cattle deaths from blue green algae

Murray Local Land Services is encouraging livestock producers to check their farm dam water for blue-green algae after confirming the death of 12 head of cattle this week.

The cattle died from blue-green algae toxicity after drinking water from an isolated farm dam in the Upper Murray area over the past two weeks

While blue-green algae blooms are relatively common, livestock poisonings are not.

Blue-green algae may produce toxins that can affect the nervous system or the liver of livestock, resulting in serious disease and potential death.

Landholders with concerns about livestock health and blue-green algae in isolated farm dams should contact their nearest Local Land Services District Vet on 1300 795 299.

Media contact: Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252, mob 0427 459 755