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Posted by Bowser on April 01, 2004 at 08:57:33:
In Reply to: Re: I never believed the Dept of Ag posted by cool j on April 01, 2004 at 04:16:34:
This is quite different to your original post:
There was no evidence of wildlife deaths that were different to normal. Human health was shown to be better than the national average and better than or as good as similar rural areas, there were no cancer excesses either.
I know I started this thread with a cautionary note about Department of Agriculture and Askeaton supports this because the last thing they want is to expose farmers for poor animal husbandry. Don't fall into the trap of believing IFA/DOA propoganda.
It's funny that you mention caustic soda as the cause because most of the suspicion was pointed at sulphuric acid according to the reports. Perhaps they were looking at the wrong end of the PH scale? Just reading the 5 million euro report it does say that the lesions on the animals are consistent with acute infectious diseases. Cattle submitted for post-mortem were also found to be suffering from salmonellosis. Poor quality silage and outwintering in harsh conditions was the most likely cause - the symptoms were also somehow magically limited to just two farmers and others both nearer and further from the aluminium plant were unaffected. The simplest explanation is that these guys didn't feed their animals properly - and they are just part of the 4000 animals that die on Irish farms every week! No need to invoke either acid rain or caustic rain I think.