Farm Table says:
This article covers sorghum and how it can be effectively used as a feed source either as hay, silage or for grazing.
The items covered in this article are:
- Cyanide poisoning
- Nitrate poisoning
- Lick blocks
Key points were as follows:
- Livestock enterprises commonly use sorghum as a forage crop for livestock.
- Cyanide and nitrate poisoning can occur in livestock grazing sorghum. It is vital that livestock are monitored closely during the first 48 hours of grazing sorghum.
- Do your research when selecting the variety of seed to use for your sorghum crop to ensure it is one of the safer varieties for grazing.
- Give cattle access to sorghum crops for grazing when they have a full stomach of roughage as it can reduce the likelihood of poisoning.
- Purchased sorghum silage should be feed tested before giving to livestock to check for cyanide and nitrate levels.
- Lick blocks are a good idea to give livestock when grazing sorghum, salt block with 10% sulphur is recommended.
- Should you suspect any poisoning, contact your local vet immediately for advice.