Be Careful with Sorghums This Time of Year

Be Careful with Sorghums This Time of Year

Dr. Gary Bates

University of Tennessee

The cool temperatures of fall are rapidly approaching.  The cool weather is usually good for grasses like tall fescue and orchardgrass.  But sorghums used for forage can be toxic after a frost.  The frost causes the release of prussic acid, or cyanide.  Small amounts of prussic acid can be highly toxic to cattle.  There are several things to know in order to prevent prussic acid poisoning in your livestock.

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