Addition of sewage sludge to grassland may be reflected in ingestion of lead by animals with implications for the human food chain. The research reported here was part of a series of experiments conducted to investigate the possible risk to the health of livestock and humans associated with the use of sewage sludge in agriculture. The transfer of several elements to the body tissues of lambs was examined, including that of cadmium, copper, zinc and lead. The results for lead are reported in this paper.
Weaned Kent lambs (6/treatment, 20 to 45 kg liveweight) were given dried grass ad libitum (Trial 1, indoor feeding) either as the sole feed (C) or with 100 g/kg DM of one of two soils (CM, sandy -pH 6.18; or RM, a calcareous loam - pH 7.55) which had been amended historically with sewage sludge and which contained 102 (CM) and 130 (RM) mg Pb/kg DM.