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1 February 2014 Mitigation of Larkspur Poisoning on Rangelands Through the Selection of Cattle
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  • Toxic larkspur (Delphinium species) cause large economic losses from cattle deaths, increased management costs, and reduced utilization of pastures and rangelands.

  • We recommend that you obtain a risk assessment for larkspur on your range before turning out the cattle. Submit samples to USDA–ARS Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory for chemical evaluation at no charge. Information is available at:  http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=54-28-20-00.

  • Selection of cattle resistant to larkspur poisoning could reduce cattle losses and improve rangeland utilization.

  • The use of genetic-based herd management decisions can provide a tool for livestock producers to improve their profit margin and enhance the economic sustainability of rural American communities.

Benedict T. Green, Kevin D. Welch, James A. Pfister, Carol G. Chitko-McKown, Dale R. Gardner, and Kip E. Panter "Mitigation of Larkspur Poisoning on Rangelands Through the Selection of Cattle," Rangelands 36(1), 10-15, (1 February 2014). https://doi.org/10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-13-00031.1
Published: 1 February 2014
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