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Mitigation of Larkspur Poisoning on Rangelands Through the Selection of Cattle
- Green, Benedict T., Welch, Kevin D., Pfister, James A., Chitko-McKown, Carol G., Gardner, Dale R., Panter, Kip E.
- Rangelands 2014 v.36 pp. 10-15
- Delphinium, cattle, economic sustainability, financial economics, herds, pastures, poisoning, poisonous plants, profits and margins, rangelands, risk assessment, toxicity
- On the Ground•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.