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Severe Weather Brings Higher Risk for "Hardware Disease" in Livestock

Metal and other foreign objects can put your livestock at risk of hardware disease following the severe weather.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Metal and other foreign objects can put your livestock at risk of hardware disease following the severe weather.

The U of A Extension Office says tornadoes and other strong wind events can spread debris over a large area setting the stage for hardware disease.

Cattle, sheep, goat and horse owners should take extra time and caution to carefully inspect hay meadows and pastures for debris especially metal objects.

Associate Head of Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Dr. Tom Troxel explained, "Over time, maybe two, six weeks, 3 months, four months, [debris] might work through the stomach of a cow and cause the hardware disease and it could be potentially fatal to a cow."

Producers should not only scout fields for objects that can be a danger to their grazing animals, but also check their herds for the symptoms of hardware disease.
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