GEELDIKKOP: PRESERVATION OF TOXIC MATERIAL
G.F. BATH*, E.M. VAN TONDER* AND P.A. BASSON**
ABSTRACT: Bath G.F.; Van Tonder E.M.; Basson P.A.;
Geeldikkop: Preservation of toxic material. Journal South African
Veterinary Association (1978) 49 No.1, 23-25 (En) Reg.
Vet. Lab. P. Bag X528,5900 Middelburg, Rep. of South Africa.
Wilted Tribulus terrestris plants were harvested from a camp in which geeldikkop had just previously broken out. The plants were treated in various ways in an attempt to preserve their toxicity.
The only successful method of preservation found was rapid freezing of harvested material. Three kg of plants were kept frozen for six weeks and then dosed via rumen fistula to a sheep which subsequently developed characteristic symptoms and lesions of geeldikkop.
* Regional Veterinary Laboratory, P.Bag X528, Middelburg, 5900
** State Veterniary, PO Grootfontein, Namibia
Journal of South African Veterinary Association 49 (1)