Mountain Meadow Farm

Common Plants Poisonous to Livestock

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Contrary to popular belief, goats cannot eat "everything." Because goats that forage eat such a wide variety of plants, a few bites of known poisonous plants may not have a noticeable effect. However, there are some plants, such as the wild cherry tree, that are deadly to livestock.


We go on a wild cherry patrol each spring and eradicate all new shoots of wild cherry.


This University of Maryland Extension has been a helpful free guide to common poisonous plants in our area. We highly recommend that all goat owners do additional research to learn what plants are poisonous in their areas.