UPDATE: Many Cattle Dead In Lead Poisoning Case

Date posted - October 19, 2016

Alvord, Iowa — More cattle have succumbed to what is believed to be lead poisoning on a farm near Alvord.

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As of Friday, forty cattle had died on the Joel Moser farm. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office now says that at least eighty cattle are dead.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says the dead cattle were tested at a lab, and the result was profound lead poisoning. He says they found that a tractor battery from the tractor used to scoop up the feedstuff into the feed mixer had been ground up with the cattle feed. One hundred cattle ate from the tainted feed.

He says the investigation into possible foul play continues, but that they are also investigating the possibility that it was an accident.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 712-472-8300.
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Original Story:

Alvord, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the public’s help to solve a livestock poisoning case.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that their deputies are currently investigating a case that involves the poisoning of approximately 100 head of cattle on the Joel Moser farm near Alvord. They say 40 head of the cattle have already died.

The Sheriff’s Office says they have been able to determine that the cattle are dying because of a high level of lead in their systems. The lead is believed to have been mixed in with their feed on Sunday morning, October 9, 2016, when they believe a tractor battery was thrown into the cattle feed mixer.

Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that cattle farmers should take note and pay a little extra attention to who is showing up on their yards, and make sure that nothing on their farms has been disturbed.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office can be reached at 712-472-8300.

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