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Aug. 16, 2012MIDWEST |  By: Fluker

Drought Animal Risk

Dry conditions and drought continue to impact much of the Midwest, with farmers now seeing risks in the crops for their cattle.

Toxicology Section Head of College of Veterinarian Medicine at the University of Missouri Doctor Tim Evans says these conditons can change the chemicals in plants to something dangerous.

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Animals effected could suffer lethargy, miscarriages and death. There is no risk to humans, since it is only the cattle that eat such large amounts of plant material daily. Farmers should have their crops measured for nitrite levels and not feed their crops to their cattle before then. For more information on those tests, you can go to the University's Veterinary Lab website at vmdl.missouri.edu.