There are many poisonous plants that can cause illness in your cattle. Fortunately, cattle avoid most noxious weeds by their own accord. However, cattle will eat such plants when there is not enough good forage available. This problem often arises when cattle are being held in a barn lot overnight. Without enough forage the animals eat toxic plants that would otherwise be avoided.

If you need to keep animals in a small lot for a period of time, be sure to provide them enough grass or hay. Also, clip weeds that have a potential to make cattle sick.

Acorns also can cause problems for livestock that graze in wooded areas. When cattle begin eating acorns they may become addictive. Consuming too many acorns can result in poisoning. Keep cattle away from the sources of acorns if possible and insure that quality alternatives are available.