Toxic Plants: What to Look for to Keep Your Animals Healthy

Maintaining a healthy pasture is an important part of keeping your horses, cattle and other grass-eating animals safe. Plants with a lot of nitrates or those that have prussic acid can be fatal to your animals. Drought stress, recent fertilization, application of 2-4 D and sulfur deficient soils can all cause plants to accumulate nitrates. These same plants can also have prussic acid, or cyanide, in the leaves and stems.

Unfortunately, animals often succumb to nitrate toxicity and prussic acid before any treatment can be administered. If you experience sudden death of livestock animals or horses, however, either one of these issues can be the cause. Therefore, it is important to investigate this possibility in order to prevent the deaths of other animals Get More Information. Read More