Hi! I am a new cow owner from Bangladesh. I have sown some of my land with forage sorghums to feed my cow as green grass but now after some research I am hesitant to feed it to my cow as there is a chance of prussic acid presence in the forage sorghum plants. My question is, beside feeding forage sorghum silage, can I feed the forage sorghum plants after boiling it in water( with water and all) to reduce or eliminate prussic acid poisoning? I will really appreciate any suggestion.
Owner of a local zebu x Holstein cross and her heifer calf, her bull calf, a local zebu and her heifer calf, lots of chickens and nine ducks.
Post by BlackWillowFarm on Feb 12, 2011 20:55:18 GMT -5
Welcome to the forum Jassim. I don't know much about prussic acid poisoning so I got this information off the web for you:
" The greatest number of livestock losses occur when grazing after a period of drought or a series of frosts. Also, young regrowth forage, especially sorghum and sorghum-sudangrass crosses, can be very toxic. The young, dark green growth or regrowth is potentially dangerous to livestock. Shortly after frost, prussic acid release potential increases slightly. However, they can be safely grazed a few weeks after freezing if there is no substantial regrowth."
I know where I live we often have frosts and the farmers don't use sorghum as a pasture grass because it becomes toxic after a frost.
Post by cowboygourmet on Feb 13, 2011 8:14:27 GMT -5
Sorghum and or Sudans and be fed very effectively and with just a little precaution, very SAFELY. Check with University of Missouri dairy specialist. They have lots of good useful information on the subject. Here is a contact number for you. I am not sure if he is the right person but he can lead you in the right direction. Ted Probert Regional Dairy Specialist P.O. Box 458 Hartville, MO 65667
417-741-6134 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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