Spike in animal deformities on West Coast soon after Fukushima — Hundreds of baby cows with distorted legs or other malformations — Expert: “We know there’s more than that out there”… Problem may be more widespread than reported

Published: October 6th, 2015 at 10:35 pm ET
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Capital Press, Apr 5, 2012 (emphasis added): Crooked calf rise studied; Cattle experts offer suggestions for dealing with issueMore crooked calf syndrome appears to be affecting Western cattle this year, a USDA researcher says. Kip Panter, research manager with the USDA Agricultural Research Service Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory in Logan, Utah, said he’s hearing of more instances of the disease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this spring, receiving eight calls compared to the usual one or two. Panter estimated 400 to 500 calves are affected, based on the calls he’s received. “They’re not all severe enough that they have to be put down, but they’re obvious enough that the rancher has identified them as something wrong,” Panter said. “We know there’s more than that out there.” Tom Platt, area extension educator for Washington State University Extension in Lincoln and Adams counties, recently sent a survey to 40 Washington ranchers in the central part of the state… Platt wants to know if the problem is more widespread. Crooked calf… limbs become distorted or the palate doesn’t close, Platt said… Younger mother cows seem to have more problems, Panter said… Some second- and third-calf heifers are also showing a higher rate of incidence… The research center has a research project in the Benge, Wash., area… Platt said monitoring the test plots will go for another year or two… Kip Panter said the research center recommends ranchers not be too hasty in putting down an afflicted calf. If the calf can stand and nurse, it will survive, he said. If the calves can’t lock a knee joint in the front legs, they will likely break down more and not work in a feedlot situation. “We tell the ranchers that if the calves can lock that joint, even briefly for a few minutes, the chances of that calf growing out of it and being functional is pretty good,” Panter said.

Washington St. Univ., Mar 2012: Tom Platt, WSU Extension Regional Livestock Agent in the Lincoln/Adams/Spokane area has been receiving reports of crooked calf disorder around the state. Tom would like to speak to ranchers experiencing problems with crooked calf disorder… “Crooked Calf Syndrome” is a disorder of calves marked by skeletal birth defects and cleft palate that occur when cows in early pregnancy ingest lupines that contain teratogenic alkaloids. Calves with severe deformities cannot stand and must be euthanized. Calves with cleft palate often develop pneumonia and die shortly after birth.

See also: Birth defect deaths in Washington State hit record levels during 2011 — Spiked 60% statewide — Gov’t document lists ‘Fukushima release along west coast of US’ as possible factor in birth defect cluster

And: Interviews near US nuclear sites: “Piles of dead lambs, with 2 heads, or no legs… just piles of dead baby lambs” — “Lambs born without eyes or mouths… legs grotesquely grown together, others had no legs” (VIDEOS)

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