If livestock eat grass from septic area will they get sick?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Meloout831, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. Meloout831

    Meloout831 Chirping

    Apr 17, 2009

    I have a weird question...

    I have goats and have an area where the water is seeping from the leech field (It's not a lot but there is always mud and puddles, I intend to fix soon).

    If the goats eat the grass can they get sick? If one eats meat from an animal that has eaten (grass) from a septic area will the person get sick?

    Sorry for the ignorant questions.

  2. scrambledmess

    scrambledmess Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    NW Ohio
    I don't know. WE have the same problem and I caught the dog drinking from the area the other day. The dog never got sick. ~shrug~
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    That's not an ignorant question at all. It's an interesting question. Unfortunately, I don't know the answer to it. [​IMG]

    It does seem like a bad thing though. Is there any way you can put up some sort of temporary fencing to keep the goats off of this area until you can get the problem fixed? Or maybe move them to a different area? I do realize that goats are good jumpers and climbers...
  4. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central SC
    My Coop
    When U spread manure around your tomato plants, is it possible to get sick from the tomatos?? I think that the goats will be fine...
    ya know... the grass is always greener over the septic tank! [​IMG]
  5. 6Happiness

    6Happiness Songster

    May 31, 2010
    my guinea pigs eat the grass and dandelions in that area and are fine.
  6. RoninComputing

    RoninComputing In the Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Tempe AZ
    As far as vegetation is concerned septic tank water is food.... you should have no problems.
  7. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    There was a story on 20/20 or Nightline a few years back. Some farmer was getting paid to dispose of the left over sludge from a water purifying type plant. He started spraying his crops with the sludge since it was basically manure. His neighbors didn't like it much, but I don't know that it hurt anyone. Gross, but I really don't think your goats will get sick from eating 'fertilized' grass. If someone else remembers this story and I have it wrong, please correct me.
  8. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Crowing

    Jan 12, 2010
    If your leach field is leaking, that means it's failed or not set up properly. It shouldn't be allowing any water to surface. I don't think I'd let my critters drink or eat from it. Do you use chemicals, bleach, toilet cleaners, etc that makes up that water?
  9. lasergrl

    lasergrl Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Middlefield Ohio
    My goats and sheep have been grazing it for years, exclusively. No problems. There arent any puddles bubbling up though!
  10. Meloout831

    Meloout831 Chirping

    Apr 17, 2009
    I thank you all for the answers. I'm trying to fix the problem. The only thing I see is the dirts is always muddy. I noticed the goats never get on the moist areas just eat the grass real close though. I want to fix my septic problem but it cost a bit of money. I do use bleach and detergents when washing clothes.

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