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Tracy mayoh

  • Joined Jul 2017
Poison ivy and sheep
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:14:10 pm »
Advice is poison ivy dangerous to sheep if they eat it????
I'm thinking of putting some along fence line to fill in the gaps but if it grows over fence onto field side we're sheep are and they eat it will it make them poorly


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Poison ivy and sheep
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 01:38:49 pm »
Normal ivy is fine, sheep and goats love it and it is very useful to get a sick ewe/goat eating again. I didn't think there was poison ivy in the UK?


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Poison ivy and sheep
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 02:46:00 pm »
Are you in The States Tracy Mayoh?  Otherwise you don't need to worry about ivy being poisonous, as long as it's not eaten in vast amounts.  In fact British Ivy can be used as an appetite stimulant for sheep, in small amounts.  'Poison Ivy' doesn't grow in the UK unless someone has imported it  ???
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  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Poison ivy and sheep
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 11:35:52 pm »
In the USA they use goats for controlling poison ivy. I assume sheep wouldn't be bothered by it either but you never know...
My goats love normal ivy.
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