LEUCAENA POISONING IN CATTLE AND SHEEP
 
Description    LEUCAENA LEUCOCEPHALA grows in warm climates; long-term ingestion of the plant causes goiter, cataracts and infertility. Calves born to cows poisoned by LEUCAENA can be grossly hyperthyroid and die within 3 days of birth.
 
Species   Bovine, Ovine
 
Signs   Abortion or weak newborns, Alopecia, Anorexia, Cataract, Dullness, Excessive salivation, Female infertility, Lack of growth or weight gain, Laryngeal, tracheal, pharyngeal swelling, Neck swelling, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Weight loss
 
References   Anderson RC. Drought associated poisoning of cattle in south Texas by the high quality forage legume LEUCAENA LEUCOCEPHALA. Vet Human Toxicol 2001;43:95
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