I Don't want to poison my livestock...

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10 years 2 months ago #31310 by Gallowaypye
... but I want to scatter some cottage garden types of flowering annuals under my orchard, but want to also let my sheep in to graze now and again. Are there any plants I must blacklist? I'm thinking cornflowers, poppies, stock, nasturtiums, larkspurs. Too much to hope that they know better than to munch on nasty stuff.[xx(]

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10 years 2 months ago #421040 by Andrea1
Larkspur is a poisonous one. Toxicity varies, depending on variety, but all can cause death. That's the only one I know of from my lists of plants poisonous to goats.

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10 years 2 months ago #421056 by Stikkibeek
Borage should be ok in an orchard. Humans eat the flowers, so should be ok for sheep and if they flower can help to attract bees into the orchard. It will also spread quite effectively. Nasturtiums also pretty hardy and can be trained up a tree if you wish.

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10 years 2 months ago #421063 by LongRidge
I doubt that it will work. Grass and clover under trees is far less tasty to herbivores, because the shading causes less sugar to be made in the pasture. Thus the flowers are going to be more tasty, because flowers have nectar in them.

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10 years 2 months ago #421081 by Gallowaypye
Thanks Andrea, Larkspur OFF the list.

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10 years 2 months ago #421831 by kindajojo
Comfrey is good

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10 years 2 months ago #421880 by Andrea1
Comfrey is good, but only if it's got limited access. The alkaloids in the plant CAN build up in the liver of the animals as I believe it takes a long time for the liver to process. I give it to my goats when they're aren't well, but only in small amounts, and I'd never make it available to them ad lib.

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10 years 2 months ago #421931 by katieb
Rosey the escaping goat LOVES nasturtiums maybe even more than the roses & the sunflowers.. not sure about the sheep... their main choice is the aggies they can reach, they also cleaned up the rest of the sunflowers the goat missed..... the heifers ate my pumpkins, squash, melons & the dying potato tops(bad I know) & the yams that were recovering from the goats

Animals rule our place... cows, calves, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks... the list goes on
...."lifestyle block like" 25 or so acres around the house attached to a rather large farm with dairy drystock & a 600 cow dairy conversion :)....1500 acres to call home

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