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HUBBARD: NITRATE AND PRUSSIC ACID POISONING: SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES

August 8, 2022

Some occasions bring immediate job satisfaction, like watching a wet calf shake its head and find its first meal. Others hold the promise of future benefit, like when preparing and implementing a plan to meet annual feed needs. While the cost in time and equipment is high, several returns are realized from home-raised feeds. On-hand inventory alleviates the risk of short supplies and protects against seasonal price volatility. Energy and protein production can better match herd requirements to simplify feed use and ration formulation. Additionally, we assume that the effort and care committed to
good management — from planting to harvest — will yield the safest, best-quality feed possible…or at least, that is how it is supposed to work. In reality, mother nature holds the key to the outcome. Weather events in the weeks, days and even hours leading up to harvest can trump our best efforts and transform a carefully raised feed resource into a nutritional time bomb…….

Hubbard Beef Blog_Nitrate and prussic acid poisoning_August2022.pdf (hubbardfeeds.com)