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Hello!

I am repopulating a small grove of trees on my dads farm this year and next year.  I looked into a few different trees but had questions because i read information regarding toxicity to cattle.   Horse chestnuts, black cherry, red oak, american sycamore.  Are there major concerns about cattle being poisoned by eating horse chestnuts, black cherries, etc. etc.   are there trees that i should absolutely avoid?  Better yet, are there beneficial trees to plant along fence lines for cattle? I am in south eastern south dakota.  Growing zone 4.  

thank you so much

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Hi Darren,

I am actually located in Asia middle east and is not familiar with the botanical state in your area.

Although there are no major health concerns with the species of plants you mentioned,one need to be cautious while feeding livestock,especially while using non conventional feeds.Lot of  animal factors like species,age,body weight etc and plant factors like part of the plant used,state of the part like fresh/dried, palatability etc will have a say on the final outcome.Mind you most of these plant extracts are of course used in various medicines.

I would request you to get in touch with your Agriculture Department for more practical information which you are seeking. They would provide you details and availability of  beneficial trees to plant along fence also. https://sdda.sd.gov/

Please find the list of poisonous plants to livestock from Department of Animal Science,Cornell University.  http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/php/plants.php?action=display&ispecies=cattl.

regards and all the best  

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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