Pinjrapole officials puzzled at death of 9 cows

CHENNAI, AUG. 14. Nine cows died last week at Madras Pinjrapole, a home for dry, infirm, and old cattle. Administrators of the home at Ayanavaram are yet to ascertain the cause for the sudden death of the animals.

The deaths occurred between August 2 and 9. While three of the animals were pregnant, three were milch animals and the remaining were non-milking cows, the Pinjrapole administrators said.

All the deceased cattle were maintained in separate sheds and they were not allowed to mingle with the dry, infirm and old cattle, they added. Post-mortem was also done after the incident. However, there were no adverse remarks in the post-mortem report too, they claimed.

Fearing that the feed could have caused the death, the Pinjrapole's managers had sent feed samples to the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University laboratory at Madhavaram. First, the samples of green grass, an important feed provided to the cattle at the home, was sent for analysis which revealed an increased quantity of nitrate content. "Following the report, we have stopped feeding the cattle with green grass in the last few days," one administrator said.

They later approached the Government Veterinary hospital at Saidapet. The doctors administered Haemorrhagic Septacaemia vaccine, procured from Ranipet, to all the animals.

Only last year a veterinary section was constructed inside the Pinjrapole. But, a full-time veterinarian was not appointed so far. After Monday, there were no deaths at the home, which has a little over 2,100 heads of cattle. These include milking cows, buffaloes, stud bulls, buffalo bulls, she-buffaloes, Heifer calves, bull calves, dry cows, blind animals, and sub-adult she-calves.

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