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Beware of Cyanide (Prussic Acid) poisoning in ruminants

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With the start of fall comes the risk of cyanide poisoing in ruminants. Cyanide, prussic acid, hydrogen cyanide or hydrocyanic acid poisoning are all terms describing the same condition. A number of common plants, including sudangrass, johnsongrass, sorghums and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids contain cyanogenic glycosides in the outer cells of the plant.  Further inside the leaf tissue are the enzymes needed to convert these compounds to the cyanide poison.


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