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How do I find out what plants are poisonous to livestock or horses?

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Last updated: 12 Nov, 2014
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General information for livestock
The University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Library has a good database of plants toxic to animals (including photos and detailed description of the effects of the plants on animals): http://www.library.illinois.edu/vex/toxic/
Cornell University has a poisonous plants information database, which is arranged by type of animal, which covers horses, cattle, goats, sheep, poultry and pigs:http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/anispecies.html


RIRDC has published a guide for horse owners to help them prevent plant poisoning in their horses: Plants Poisonous to Horses: an Australian Field Guide by Melissa Offord. You can download a PDF copy of the guide or order a hard copy from this link: https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/06-048

The US animal welfare organisation ASPCA runs a national poisons control centre which includes a list of the most frequently encountered plants that have been reported as having adverse effects on horses (it also provides information on pets): http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

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