Poisonous and Sometimes Poisonous Plants for Goats, Symptoms
of Poisoning and What to do if You Suspect Poisoning
Common poisonous plants for goats are:
- Rhubarb leaves
- Lily of the Valley
- Lilac and Privet - poison the milk.
- Boobyalla - poisons the milk sometimes but not at other
- Potato haulm - a cumulative poison, it contains
the toxic alkaloid solanin (nightshade).
- Rhubarb leaves and Soursob - contain oxalates.
Goats seem to be able to eat them occasionally with no ill effects but
it depleats the calcium levels in the goat.
- Cape weed - Calendula artotheca - can be lethal
following drought or if pushed out by other animals so there is nothing
else to eat. It contains nitrates that convert to poisonous nitrites
and Cape Weed only grows where the soil is poor and low in pH.
- Variegated Thistle - contains nitrites in dangerous
- Sugar Gums and many Eucalyptus - contain hydrocyanic
acid (prussic acid) especially in young shoots which is very poisonous
- Be wary of: Sorghum, Sudan Grass, Linseed, White
Clover, and Bitter Almonds as the contain prussic acid. They could be
safe if not fed in excessive amounts.
- St John's Wort, Heliotrope, Red Clover contain
high amounts of copper and can be toxic to white goats .
Symptoms of poisoning
What to do if you suspect poisoning
- Contact your veterinarian immediately.