More than one hundred cattle perished in Shahapur taluka of Thene district since January on account of the calcium oxalate poisoning, according to Thane Zilla Parishad (TZP) sources.
TZP chief executive officer Ravindra Shinde, who is monitoring the situation along with the district Animal Husbandry officer Dr AB Gandhe, confirmed that since January, there had been total 140 deaths of the cattle in the villages of Sakedbau, Chillarwadi, Pandharbhav and surrounding villages, and that the district administration was making all-out efforts to prevent any more deaths.
He said that these deaths were a usual phenomenon in Shahapur taluka. According to him, these deaths happen only during January-April every year. During this time, in the absence of fodder in the region, the cattle set out freely to graze eat up stems of the paddy and end up contracting a killer disease known as ‘calcium oxalate poisoning’, he said.
Samples of the paddy had been sent to the laboratory for tests, along with post-mortem reports of the cattle, which confirmed the deaths only due to the consumption of the paddy stems.
To increase the immunity and prevent any more such occurrences, the cattle were given oral treatment of calcium mineral mixture vitamins, which increases their immunity, he added.