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Take care to avoid Halloween surprises

Southeast Farm Press lists a few areas that livestock managers should be aware of this fall, especially concerning toxic weeds and chemical pesticides:

1. Examine temporary pastures or fields that are unfamiliar. Often toxic weeds such as sicklepod and deadly nightshade grow around trees and water troughs.

2. Know what herbicides have been used on legume seeds before adding them to grazing materials. Legumes are particularly susceptible to herbicides.

3. Be sure to store pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals that may inadvertently be left uncovered in a field, where an active calf can kick them over and taste them.

Read the full article in Southeast Farm Press.