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Sorghum utilization for summer grazing: dhurrin problem

Author(s): A. Pistoia | P. Poli | L. Casarosa | P. Berni | G. Ferruzzi

Journal: Italian Journal of Animal Science
ISSN 1594-4077

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1S;
Start page: 207;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Sorghum grazing | dhurrin | hazardous level | sheep

Sorghum is an aridity resistant crop and it is suitable for summer grazing. The plant produces cyanide which can poison livestock under certain conditions, involving climate, fertility, stage of growth, and anything that retards plant growth and development, may increase cyanogenetic glycosides in the plants (Wheeler, 2002; Vogel et al., 1987; Osechas et al., 1996; Ramos et al., 1998). In this trial the development of dhurrin content in growing irrigated and dry crop was evaluated........
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