Will oak leaves kill a cow?

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Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by Bigfoot » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:04 pm

Need to make a pasture rotation really bad. Storm brought down a huge oak tree. I have never heard of leaves killing one.


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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:06 pm

Let r rip.
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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by slick4591 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:14 pm

Last week we trimmed several limbs from one and threw them over the fence. Looked like the yearlings loved 'em.
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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by cowrancher75 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:30 pm

no but the acorns can make them sick if they eat enough

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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by 76 Bar » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:59 pm

the acorns can make them sick if they eat enough
Unfortunately they can easily become addicted. In sufficient quantity they'll cause abortions.

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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by Buck Randall » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:57 pm

I think it's theoretically possible, but unless you have cows with empty stomachs and literally nothing else to eat, I wouldn't worry about it.

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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by ALACOWMAN » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:07 pm

Never had a problem with oak..though some like wild cherry can,,when going through the wilting stage..
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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by ALACOWMAN » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:09 pm

76 Bar wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:59 pm
the acorns can make them sick if they eat enough
Unfortunately they can easily become addicted. In sufficient quantity they'll cause abortions.
and weight loss like no tomorrow..renal failure..
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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by callmefence » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:19 pm

Those must not be cows I have out there.....
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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by cowrancher75 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:20 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:09 pm
76 Bar wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:59 pm
the acorns can make them sick if they eat enough
Unfortunately they can easily become addicted. In sufficient quantity they'll cause abortions.
and weight loss like no tomorrow..renal failure..


yep. i had one that had it.. she was the prettiest heifer you'd ever want. slick as a an oil spill. she loved those acorns. plenty of everything to eat.. that wasn't an issue.

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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by callmefence » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:38 pm

cowrancher75 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:20 pm
ALACOWMAN wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:09 pm
76 Bar wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:59 pm

Unfortunately they can easily become addicted. In sufficient quantity they'll cause abortions.
and weight loss like no tomorrow..renal failure..


yep. i had one that had it.. she was the prettiest heifer you'd ever want. slick as a an oil spill. she loved those acorns. plenty of everything to eat.. that wasn't an issue.
Addiction is a horrible thing.. I had one, purty as a pup. Got hooked on just regular old corn. Plenty of grass , but she ate to much of that corn.... lol


Many a cow got fed through the drought..the real drought. By ranchers cutting down oak trees. I can still here red, those cows don't need feed, acorns are falling..
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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by Mat Man » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:41 pm

I promise you when the conditions is right Oak leaves WILL KILL CATTLE.
We had a 100 year old oak blow down in 2 acre dry lot in early spring,
Had 12 650 lbs heifers on feed and hay the oak had nice new leaves coming out no grass yet,Within a week of the tree falling calves started not coming up to feed. Had vet come out and check them out .Eating to many oak leaves has the same affect as acorns. Lost 6 of the 12 heifers the rest lost lots of body conditions. So yes oak leaves will kill cattle.

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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by callmefence » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:48 pm

Mat Man wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:41 pm
I promise you when the conditions is right Oak leaves WILL KILL CATTLE.
We had a 100 year old oak blow down in 2 acre dry lot in early spring,
Had 12 650 lbs heifers on feed and hay the oak had nice new leaves coming out no grass yet,Within a week of the tree falling calves started not coming up to feed. Had vet come out and check them out .Eating to many oak leaves has the same affect as acorns. Lost 6 of the 12 heifers the rest lost lots of body conditions. So yes oak leaves will kill cattle.
So will Bermuda grass under the right conditions. My guess is your vet scratched his a.... And pointed to the easiest diagnosis. Instead of telling you if your gonna put 12 head up in a pen.. at Least keep it cleaned up.
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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

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Re: Will oak leaves kill a cow?

Post by Workinonit Farm » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:12 pm

I've never had a problem with my cows eating oak leaves. There are several huge oak trees,(not sure which variety) where they have access to them. 18 years of access to those trees, haven't had an issue. Not with the leaves or the acorns. I'm thinking the acorns haven't been an issue, as deer & squirrels eat them as well.
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