Cow abortion resulting from ingesting pine needles

Asked June 7, 2017, 6:05 PM EDT

Can willamette valley ponderson pine needles cause cows to abort or result in birth defects?

Washington County Oregon beef cattle livestock

1 Response

The short answer is yes,. The abortions occur mostly in the third trimester of pregnancy. The amount of the toxin which causes the problem is variable and I am not aware of any testing done on Willamette Valley pine. the best advice is to make sure cows avoid eating the needles.