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Are sand burrs harmful to cattle and horses?

Are sand burrs harmful to cattle and horses?
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Thank you for your question.

If there are sandburrs in the pasture, you can still put livestock (cattle or horses) in to graze. Most of the time they will eat sand burrs as long as they are young and tender with no ill effects. When they get mature they usually will graze around them.

The reason we don't like them in the pasture is not because they will harm them. Rather they can be annoying in the sense of the burrs sticking to the coat + mane. (And in those cases, you may have to get a fine tooth comb and baby oil to remove them from anywhere they end up). As well, they can get into ears and cause irritation (and possible secondary infection) and there have been some cases of mechanical injury to the mouth leading to hypersalivation (more likely in horses).


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