Goats/toxic plants

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Question
Hello,

I have read that Mountain Laurel is toxic for goats, but are the other laurels, particularly English Laurel, toxic as well?

Thank you.

Answer
All laurels are toxic to goats, some more than others - this includes azaleas, rhododendrons, English laurel and more.  Some goats seem to tolerate English ivy/laurel well in recent research but I still advise keeping goats away.  For definitive information on poisonous plants to livestock go to Cornel University Poisonous Plant website.  Hope this helps - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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