Due to the current drought conditions, poisonous plants that have existed in a paddock for years without any obvious issues may become a problem. Usually these plants are unattractive to livestock but with the shortage of feed, hunger forces them to search for additional feed and a green pick. Plants such as rock fern, cathead or heliotrope cause issues such as photosensitization, polioencephalomalacia or pyrrolizidine toxicity. If suspected plant poisoning occurs change paddocks immediately and look for evidence of these plants being grazed.
Local Land Services have developed a Drought Handbook with support available in the Central Tablelands to help you manage through drought. To view an online copy visit www.centraltablelands.lls.nsw.gov.au or pick up a copy at the local office or saleyards.