Sorghum has the capability to cause cyanide and nitrate poisoning. This article focuses on:
- Minimising the Risk of Cyanide Poisoning
- Minimising the Risk of Nitrate Poisoning
- Treatments for Cyanide and Nitrate Poisoning
The summary of key points includes:
- Select a safe variety of sorghum for grazing.
- Avoid grazing plants under 45 cm for short and 65 for tall varieties.
- Avoid grazing stressed plants or fresh growth shortly after the plant has been stressed.
- Avoid putting hungry stock onto sorghum. Make sure stock have plenty of roughage prior to grazing sorghum.
- Provide stock with a source of sulphur. (Salt block with 10% sulphur).
- Monitor stock closely during the first 2 hrs and then keep a close eye on stock for next 48 hrs.
- Always test sorghum silage for nitrate and cyanide levels.