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
The Ole Cowboy "Jess remember to not drink downstream from the herd" and keep your eyes on Jesus and your hands on the plow.
dunderi: twas freezing here this morning for milking. bring on winter!!! :-)
May 28, 2013 16:52:16 GMT -5
Tamara: That is another reason I milk in the evening - so cold in the morning!
May 28, 2013 22:32:31 GMT -5
dunderi: lol its been pouring rain around evening feed time here! which is great, becauese i need grass, but also a pain because the place i milk gets all muddy and poopy :/
May 29, 2013 17:11:23 GMT -5
dunderi: besides i LOVE the cold :-)
May 29, 2013 17:11:49 GMT -5
mikentexas: I have a jersey holstein cross bull calf that has a lump on his left side about the size of a small plastic football,when you push on it ,it sounds likewater sloshing,has anyone ever seen this before?
May 31, 2013 22:41:46 GMT -5
fairfarmhand: Could it be the rumen? Sometimes if they are switched to pasture their rumen swells up and it sounds sloshy like water.
Jun 1, 2013 8:53:20 GMT -5
fairfarmhand: I have an AVATAR now!
Jun 1, 2013 8:53:39 GMT -5
mikentexas: could be the rumen,he is 4 weeks old or there about,and he refuses a bottle and eats only hay an nibbles at calf starter,will that hurt him? or will it eventually go down and be ok?any idea?
Jun 1, 2013 22:04:40 GMT -5
hadassah: I have a three week old calf that has been eating grass since she was a few days old. She may not grow as big as the others but she is alive and well!
Jun 5, 2013 22:46:08 GMT -5
Tricia : Soap makers? I mixed up the lye and water yesterday afternoon and didn't make soap. Can I still use it? or is it now a weak drain cleaner?
Jun 7, 2013 9:13:13 GMT -5
jerseylovinliz: It's such a delicate process when all is right I'd be scared to try it if I needed good soap. I might if I needed more bars for laundry detergent & it didn't matter so much.
Jun 7, 2013 12:36:21 GMT -5
jerseylovinliz: Scientifically speaking I don't have a clue.
Jun 7, 2013 12:37:24 GMT -5
mollymoo: The thing that makes lye "go bad" is absorbing CO2 from the air (it turns to sodium carbonate and which is less basic) - I'd think that after less than 24 hours, your lye would still make a good soap.
Jun 7, 2013 14:11:56 GMT -5
sherrye: you can still use it. i do mine the night before. then heat to temp i want. never a problem for me.
Jun 7, 2013 16:32:14 GMT -5
Tricia : Well..... I think I will try it with no essential oil. If it is a failure it's less wasted $ for the oils. If it's good I can shred it tomorrow, melt it and add oils. Phew.... Now do I really want to do this at 9pm? Sure! Thanks SO MUCH!
Jun 7, 2013 19:43:43 GMT -5
jerseylovinliz: So? Did it work? What happened?
Jun 8, 2013 22:55:28 GMT -5
Tricia : Well no as I crap happened here and ONCE again it didn't get made. Jeepers I know not to make soap in June.
Jun 9, 2013 18:25:54 GMT -5
Lisa in N.C.: No edema, one scoop grain this am. Some average mix hay and she has tons of clover in pasture. They cans see Sookie. Thanks
Jun 10, 2013 13:48:12 GMT -5
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family milk cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume. Practical advice for the everyday and procedures for cow emergencies. Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?'