Q&A What are the health risks of grazing turnips?
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
A: Following are the potential concerns for cattle grazing turnips, but rarely do these problems occur.
Turnip leaves can cause hemolytic anemia, a blood disease, pulmonary emphysema, a breathing disorder, polioencephalomalacia, a brain disorder characterized by twitching and incoordination, and even bloat. These problems generally occur during the first two weeks of grazing. Turnips also affect function of the thyroid gland and, thus, are goiter-genic.