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Can Sheep Eat Big Leaf Maple Leaves?
What leaves are toxic to sheep? Toxic plants we are generally well aware of include Yew, Rhododendron, Laburnum, Leylandii and the leaves of potato and rhubarb. Perhaps less well known are laurel and the wilted leaves of stoned fruit trees (plum, damson etc.) or Elder.
Can sheep eat maple? The sheep don’t actually eat the branches, but they love to eat the leaves. Especially yellow maple leaves. That’s their favorite.
What tree leaves can sheep eat? Deciduous Trees & Shrubs
Like goats, sheep will eat tree leaves and tips. Thus far, we’ve observed them consuming willow, peach and plum. They aren’t afraid to rear up on hind legs to increase their reach, so keep them out of the orchard!
Branches and bark of the red maple tree also contain toxins, but most horses are not likely to eat enough of them to cause trouble. In general, the occasional nibble of fresh green leaves or twigs still on a red maple tree probably will do little harm to a horse, but dropped, wilted or dried leaves are dangerous.
Only the red maple (Acer rubrum) and possibly closely related hybrids are known to be toxic. The toxin in red maples oxidizes hemoglobin with the formation of Heinz bodies, methemoglobinemia and subsequent hemolytic anemia. The bark from red maple trees is also toxic.
By far the most common plants seen in poison cases are those of the Ericacea family which include azaleas, rhododendron and pieris species such as ‘Forest Flame’. Pieris species contain the toxin acetylandromedol which is very poisonous to sheep. Poisoning due to ivy can also occur in sheep.
What makes the Puya chilensis so fascinating is that it has been known to capture and kill sheep in Chile, its native environment, for fertilizer.
A productive sheep needs extra food. Banana and cassava are good for people and sheep. Fresh roots of cassava are good for sheep.
In the last few years it has been discovered that sycamore seeds and young leaves to horses (the toxin is hypoglycin-A) A horse vet friend of mine has been advised to graze sheep over her paddock with many newly emerging sycamore seedlings.
They are friends of the earth and instinctively manage the land they graze. Grazing sheep can thin smothering overgrowth, eat noxious weeds dangerous to other livestock, help nourish wildlife by encouraging the growth of healthy forage, and recycle vital nutrients back into the soil.
Flax makes a maintenance-free shelter, plus it helps to prevent bloat and to remedy scouring. Cows, sheep, deer, and goats will eat tips and strip the foliage of its tasty green parts. Broadleaf is highly palatable to stock and deer, reasonably fast-growing, and recovers quickly from browsing.
Walnut is fine. They can eat the leaves, the bark and the hulls / nuts without problem. My farm is full of black walnut.
Sheep do like tree leaves, and evergreen needles, and will generally prune trees as high as they can reach. Not only do they munch on leaves, they can be hard on small trees when they grab a branch and yank, often ripping the branch off in a less-than-ideal way. Sheep also sometimes eat tree bark.
Wilted maple leaves are toxic to horses if they eat 1.5 to 3 pounds of wilted leaves per 1,000 pounds of bodyweight. Signs of illness include dark red/brown urine, depression and refusal to eat. Fence horses out of areas with a lot of wilted maple leaves and keep maple branches out of reach from the horses.
Red maple trees, also known as Acer rubrum, are toxic to horses but nontoxic to dogs, cats and humans. Homeowners with horses should avoid using red maple trees in their landscaping. All parts of the plant are considered poisonous, but leaves (particularly wilted leaves) are the most deadly.
In conclusion, they said the most important recommendation is that owners should prevent horses from eating seeds, sprouts, leaves, or any combination of these from the sycamore maple, whereas the seeds of the hedge maple and Norway maple appeared to be safe for horses.
If ingested by a dog, cat, or horse, the red maple leaves will impair red blood cell function and may cause abdominal pain, change in urine color, darkened eye and mouth membranes, dog founder (inflamed paw), lack of appetite, and lethargy.
The young spring leaves of maple are edible. You can eat them raw or cooked. Osowski says that they have a slight maple flavour to them that can differ from tree to tree. You can peel away the outside layer and eat the tiny seeds inside either raw or roasted.
Japanese maples are prized for their beautiful autumn colors. Despite their fiery leaves in autumn, no part of the tree is toxic to humans or domestic animals — except horses.
Potatoes may be fed raw to cattle, sheep, horses and swine but are best cooked for swine. Raw potatoes have only 213 the value of cooked potatoes fed to pigs. Raw potatoes proved to be as good as cooked potatoes fed to dairy cows. Raw potatoes have an acrid taste and tend to increase the flow of digestive juices.
It is recommended that sheep with lantana poisoning be treated orally with 500 g of activated charcoal in 4 1 of electrolyte solution, and that cattle be given 2 kg of charcoal in 20 1 of electrolyte solution. Supportive treatment for photosensitization and dehydration may also be required.
Grain is easier to handle and less bulky to store than hay. Wheat, barley, sorghum, maize, oats and sheep nuts are commonly available and often used for feeding sheep.
Re: Sheep treats and snacks ???
windfall apples in quantity . they would rot on the ground otherwise. same for cherries plums and pears. I will feed dried apricots by hand to individual sheep keeps them tame.
Oranges. Oranges do have a specific taste, but they are packed with plenty of valuable vitamins and other nutrients important for good digestion and maintaining health. Yet, as with other fruits or vegetables, avoid overfeeding. Highly nutritious treats such as these are definitely beneficial – but in the right amounts