Comparing Prussic Acid and Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle Operations

Comparing Prussic Acid and Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle Operations

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Much confusion exists among cattle producers about the two major toxins that are deadly or costly because of production loss to cattle owners. Both prussic acid and nitrates become health concerns during heat and drought stress on hay or pasture crops. Below is a comparative list of the major differences that producers need to keep in mind about these two problems. Prussic acid and nitrates are capable of happening together or separately in any given drought-stressed situation.

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