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juliem

  • Joined Aug 2014
Cherry Laurel
« on: June 02, 2022, 08:48:21 pm »
I had a heavy cutting session in my garden with the laurel and dumped it in my paddock expecting the sheep (I rent the pasture out for sheep) to ignore it....as lots of other goodies including lilac to feast on.But they loved it....so ended up having to try and burn it.Has anyone else had any experience with cherry laurel?

Forestlens

  • Joined Jul 2020
  • North Devon
Re: Cherry Laurel
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2022, 09:31:49 pm »
Seriously!? You fed laurel to sheep? Itís toxic!
« Last Edit: June 02, 2022, 09:45:01 pm by Forestlens »

juliem

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Cherry Laurel
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2022, 10:11:40 pm »
Which was why I burned it.But seeing as they where eating it and they are all ok today...just interested in any experiences of fatality in sheep from poisening.Does it tend to be less healthy sheep that succumb?
Younger lambs?Certain breeds?
I naively assumed they would only eat poisenous plants......if they were really hungry and little food available.

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Cherry Laurel
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2022, 11:41:59 am »
I had a heavy cutting session in my garden with the laurel and dumped it in my paddock expecting the sheep (I rent the pasture out for sheep) to ignore it....as lots of other goodies including lilac to feast on.But they loved it....so ended up having to try and burn it.Has anyone else had any experience with cherry laurel?

Both cherry laurel and lilac are HIGHLY TOXIC. when eaten they will cause irreversible liver damage.
Sheep and goats are not the cleverest, I'm afraid, and they will eat both of those plants!

Also dumping cuttings from many trees is fine (e.g. sycamore, maples, Ash and many more) BUT plants from the cherry family (I.e. cherry, plum, cherry laurel, peach etc) are fine (except for cherry for laurel) to eat fresh of the tree, as well as completely dried up like hay. However they are toxic when wilted! When the leaves are wilted they produce CYANIDE, which evaporates/disintegrades(not sure really) when leaves are fully dried.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2022, 11:44:10 am by macgro7 »
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Cherry Laurel
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2022, 12:11:53 pm »
Hopefully youíve told the owner of the sheep that you may have poisoned them  :tired: :unwell:

 

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