An award-winning lamb is currently under investigation after the veterinarians at the Logan County Fair in Ohio found illegal drugs in its system, and after all this, its title will be stripped off.
After the tests, the Ohio department of agriculture says that the Grand market champion lamb had tested positive for diuretics before it was sent to slaughter. This lamb was shown by the young 4-H member between 7-13 tests. Dr Tony Forshey, The state veterinary at the Ohio agriculture department after examining the lamb, says that “We don’t know how it got in there, and we may never know. But it’s the exhibitor’s responsibility to present an animal to the fair for a competition that’s free of all of those,”
Dr Forshey explained how the diuretics cause dehydration, and it makes the animal’s muscle feel leaner. It drugs gives the animal an unfair advantage, and it can cause some other effects to the meat. Dr Forshey said that “We don’t want any of these animals going into the human food chain that are carrying adulterated products.”
Friday, at the Franklin County Fair, the 4-H members, were showing their animals. From last few years, Brother Hawkins and Jute Marihugh both were participating in the Market category.
Jute Marihugh said that “It’s imperative because you know how to take care of your animal, you know if it gets sick what you do, you can inform other people about it that don’t know and it’s just a great learning experience, ”
Hawkins Marihugh’s market ducks have won the Grand Champion in this year’s competition. There is a rule in the state that the State requires every reserve champion for a drug test before it goes on the market for sale.
Ohio agricultural department is still investigating the Logan County case, and some parties related to the case has taken for the interview. The lamb is being held until drugs are no longer in its system so it can be made to the market.