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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Signs of Nitrate Poisoning in Cattle

"Nitrate poisoning in cattle is caused by the consumption of an excessive amount of nitrate or nitrite from grazing crops, hay, silage, weeds, drinking water, lubricating oil, fertilizer, etc." (Gadberry & Jennings).

With record high temperatures this summer, nitrate poisoning poses an even greater risk to cattle. When symptoms of nitrate poisoning are identified, time is of the essence as it may cause death within one-half hour to four hours after symptoms appear.

To learn how to prevent and treat nitrate toxicity, click here.

Source: Shane Gadberry and John Jennings. "Nitrate Poisoning in Cattle." University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Retrieved from on 7/19/12. 

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