Nitrate Toxicity in Beef Cattle

Nitrate Toxicity in Beef Cattle

Megan Van Emon

Montana Stockgrowers Association

Elevated nitrate concentrations can be found in forages that have been grown under stress, such as severe drought conditions.  Nitrate toxicity is caused by animal consuming feeds and water that have elevated levels of nitrate or nitrite.  Care should be taken when feeding cattle cereal grains/hay, corn stalks, orchardgrass, and other feeds known to contain high nitrate levels.

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