Wild cherry leaves and nigerian dwarf goats

Asked October 25, 2018, 3:28 PM EDT

Neighbor has wild cherry trees that hang over our pasture. It is fall so they are falling into the pen. Is this a problem?

Sussex County Delaware goats wild cherry leaves

1 Response

Toxic. They are most toxic in the wilted stage because the wilted leaf produces a cyanide like compound from everything I have read but I generally just make a blanket statement of toxic because it is difficult for people to differentiate wilted vs. crunchy etc. It's definitely risky and goats love browse. I would be at minimum cutting the tree back but in storms etc in the future could be a concern with branches or leaves coming down and wilting. Again, not supposed to be toxic once crunchy but I am reluctant to make that recommendation just in case.