Beware of toxic fodder

AS THE hand feeding of livestock continues throughout eastern Australia, producers are being urged to test forages, not only for quality but also to assess any toxicity risks to animals.

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Ticking time bomb: When buying and feeding hay during drought, consider getting it tested to reduce the risk of livestock poisoning. Image: Pamela Lawson

During drought conditions, many plants commonly fed to livestock in either a fresh or conserved form are at a greater risk of becoming toxic.