TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has begun investigations into multiple reports of acute cattle deaths that were received this past week.
Although no cause has been determined yet during the investigation by the Division of Agricultural Environmental Services and the Division of Animal Industry in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and veterinarians, the deaths may be related to feed.
According to FDACS, the feed in question is Producer’s Pride 20% All Natural Cattle Cube, lot number 8DEC22MUL2. The Purina Animal Nutrition feed was distributed to 40 Tractor Supply Company stores in Florida and Georgia, including the Live Oak store. Other locations are: Starke, Fort Pierce, Saint Cloud, Chiefland, Lake Wales, Sebring, Okeechobee, Eustis, Haines City, Newberry, Bradenton, Palatka, Wauchula, Zephyrhills, Deland, Lake City, Orlando, Arcadia, Dunnellon, Fort Myers, Saint Augustine, Jacksonville, Homosassa, Macclenny, Bartow, Perry, Groveland, Gainesville, Cocoa, Osteen, North Fort Myers, Loxahatchee, Crawfordville, Palm Coast, Hudson, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Riverview as well as Kingsland, Ga.
Tractor Supply has voluntarily removed the product from all 40 stores.
In addition, Purina Animal Nutrition has initiated a voluntary market withdrawal of the affected product. Consumers may discard the product or return it to their retail purchase location for exchange or refund.
Veterinarians or cattle producers who are aware of sudden unexplained deaths in cattle should contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 850-410-0900 (after hours for emergencies please contact 800-342-5869) orRAD@FreshFromFlorida.com.
For feed-related complaints or concerns, please contact the Bureau of Inspection and Incident Response, Division of Agricultural Environmental Services, at 850-617-7996 orAESCares@FreshFromFlorida.com.