Alkali poisoning is believed to be the probable cause of death of 200 cattle on a community pasture south of Chaplin.
Saskatchewan’s chief veterinary officer, Dr. Betty Althouse, says the dead animals were found Friday and preliminary tests indicate the cause of death was dehydration and salt toxicity.
The surviving 240 cattle have been moved to a different field with a safe and secure water source.
Althouse advises all producers to check their livestock regularly and ensure the quality and quantity of water sources.
The 24 thousand acre crown-leased pasture is operated by Shamrock Grazing limited and includes 31 patrons.
Chaplin is about 155 kilometers west of Regina.