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Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby ohiosteve » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:55 pm

So I opened a new pasture up about 2 hrs ago and then I drove around the border to make sure the fence wasn't down anywhere and I found a big wild cherry limb full of brown wilted leaves had fallen off a tree and a big steer (about 1400# I estimate) and a big old cow we're just going to town on these leaves really eating a lot of them. I got the limb out of there but they may have been eating for an hour at least, there's plenty of grass but they were loving those leaves. Is there anything I can do to avoid prussic acid poisoning? How long does it take to affect them and what should I watch for? I've got the steer scheduled for the butcher Monday Oct 2 in 9 days.
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Postby Workinonit Farm » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:02 pm

If the leaves were brown, as in dried out and old, I don't "think" there will be a big problem. I DO know that if the leaves are green, wilted and from a "fresh" within a day or 2 cut, it will be a very bad deal.
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Postby ohiosteve » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:31 pm

Workinonit Farm wrote:If the leaves were brown, as in dried out and old, I don't "think" there will be a big problem. I DO know that if the leaves are green, wilted and from a "fresh" within a day or 2 cut, it will be a very bad deal.

Thank you Workinonit, that makes me feel better, the leaves were definitely brown and dried out, my place is covered in wild cherry trees so I'm sure the cows have eaten them before, I'd just never seen one enjoying them as much as this steer, he was really eating a lot of them.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby Workinonit Farm » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:42 pm

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Workinonit Farm wrote:If the leaves were brown, as in dried out and old, I don't "think" there will be a big problem. I DO know that if the leaves are green, wilted and from a "fresh" within a day or 2 cut, it will be a very bad deal.

Thank you Workinonit, that makes me feel better, the leaves were definitely brown and dried out, my place is covered in wild cherry trees so I'm sure the cows have eaten them before, I'd just never seen one enjoying them as much as this steer, he was really eating a lot of them.


I know mine have eaten many dried-up brown leaves, that have fallen off the tree (or 2) during the fall, with no problems. But, I have cut down several wild cherry trees, just to avoid any issues. The 2 areas where there is 1 or 2, I always check the trees before moving the cows to those fields, just to be sure a branch or limb hasn't recently been broken.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby Bright Raven » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:42 pm

ohiosteve wrote:
Workinonit Farm wrote:If the leaves were brown, as in dried out and old, I don't "think" there will be a big problem. I DO know that if the leaves are green, wilted and from a "fresh" within a day or 2 cut, it will be a very bad deal.

Thank you Workinonit, that makes me feel better, the leaves were definitely brown and dried out, my place is covered in wild cherry trees so I'm sure the cows have eaten them before, I'd just never seen one enjoying them as much as this steer, he was really eating a lot of them.


Steve, there are lots of wild cherry trees on this side of the River. Like, Workinonit, I have cut about half the ones here.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby MtnCows93 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:15 pm

how long ago did the branch fall if you had to guess?
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Postby ohiosteve » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:14 pm

MtnCows93 wrote:how long ago did the branch fall if you had to guess?

I would guess at least a week ago.
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Postby M.Magis » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:23 pm

I had a branch fall in a pasture this summer and by the time I found it the cows had eaten every leaf they could reach. It was definitely in the danger period, and I was pretty worried, but everyone was fine. I’ve cut most of them, but can’t get them all yet.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby kenny thomas » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:34 pm

A tip just in case anyone cant move a cherry limb that has fallen. Fill a small sprayer with diesel and spray the leaves. The cows won't eat where the diesel is and it also makes the leaves turn brown really quick.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby Workinonit Farm » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:39 pm

kenny thomas wrote:A tip just in case anyone cant move a cherry limb that has fallen. Fill a small sprayer with diesel and spray the leaves. The cows won't eat where the diesel is and it also makes the leaves turn brown really quick.


Great idea! :D
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby Ky hills » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:48 pm

Workinonit Farm wrote:
kenny thomas wrote:A tip just in case anyone cant move a cherry limb that has fallen. Fill a small sprayer with diesel and spray the leaves. The cows won't eat where the diesel is and it also makes the leaves turn brown really quick.


Great idea! :D


Yes, that is a great idea, that I am very glad to learn. We have a few wild cherry trees still, used to have a lot of them but several have fallen or been cut down by now. Always a concern for us though.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:49 pm

Seems like my old brain remembers that the cattle have to be starving and over-eat the newly wilted leaves. Someone else may "know" more.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby kenny thomas » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:01 pm

Ky hills wrote:
Workinonit Farm wrote:
kenny thomas wrote:A tip just in case anyone cant move a cherry limb that has fallen. Fill a small sprayer with diesel and spray the leaves. The cows won't eat where the diesel is and it also makes the leaves turn brown really quick.


Great idea! :D


Yes, that is a great idea, that I am very glad to learn. We have a few wild cherry trees still, used to have a lot of them but several have fallen or been cut down by now. Always a concern for us though.

Each winter I cut a few and treat the stumps with Garlon. I have a few paddocks that are free of any Cherry trees just in case I need to put them in a different field after a storm.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby LDEnterprises » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:05 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Seems like my old brain remembers that the cattle have to be starving and over-eat the newly wilted leaves. Someone else may "know" more.


I've been told the same.
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Re: Steer just ate a bunch of wilted cherry leaves

Postby MtnCows93 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:31 pm

i think the first day or two is the real danger of prussic acid, this late in the year theres probly not alot left in the leaves anyway
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