Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new on-farm incident prevention campaign, urging farmers to be aware of lead sources on their land which could cause poisoning amongst their livestock. This follows the number of lead poisoning incidents reported to FSS in 2020 amounting to more than those in 2018 and 2019 combined.
In 2020, FSS dealt with ten lead poisoning incidents on Scottish farms, resulting in the deaths of 18 cattle and the temporary restriction of 318 animals. There were four reported incidents in 2018 and three in 2019, which resulted in the death of ten cattle and the temporary restriction of 158 animals in the years combined.
Source: FSS, 24 March 2021