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Sodium monochloroacetate poisoning of cattle and sheep
  1. MP Quick,
  2. PA Manser,
  3. H Stevens and
  4. JF Bolton


Two separate incidents of poisoning, one involving the death of 10 cattle and the other four sheep following the use of sodium monochloroacetate, were investigated. The cattle drank from a farmyard drain overflow which undissolved herbicide entered. Sheep had access to spilt herbicide by a standpipe. Sodium monochloroacetate appears to be equally toxic to both sheep and cattle. The need to follow the manufacturers' instructions is emphasised.

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