Dangers of Harvesting and Grazing Certain Forages Following a Frost

Dangers of Harvesting and Grazing Certain Forages Following a Frost

Mark Sulc

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

As cold weather approaches, livestock owners who feed forages need to keep in mind certain dangers of feeding forages after frost events. Several forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost because they contain compounds called cyanogenic glucosides that are converted quickly to prussic acid (i.e. hydrogen cyanide) in freeze-damaged plant tissues.

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