TEXAS pasturelands sprout toxic weeds as grasses die in arid weather

August 21, 2015

Pasturelands sprout toxic weeds as grasses die in arid weather

Hot, dry conditions in Texas have prompted warnings to cattle ranchers to be on the lookout for toxic plants, including coffee and other senna plants, that cattle might eat as grass dries up. “Just like humans, cattle will want variety in their diet and they find the coffee senna beans quite tasty as forages become less available,” said veterinarian Tam Garland, head of toxicology at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory. “The biggest problem is we don’t notice subtle clinical signs in our livestock, nor do we scout our pastures and look for these potentially toxic plants,” Dr. Garland said. PhysOrg.com (8/20