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Are Leylandi cuttings poisionous to cattle?


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Yew is certainly poisionous.

    But yew is not leylandii. Yew contains some specific chemicals called taxines.

    Just below is a link to a book about poisonous plants. The book has a section about yews. You can look in fhe index, and there doesn't seem to be any reference to Leylandii (through that doesn't mean Leylandii is safe to eat)...


  • do not feed your cattle leylandi or anything like that,yew is very deadly and I could go on.feed them what they normally eat.I known so many horses that have been fed what people think is alright and they die .

  • Why are we talking about yew?  Leylandi is absolutely nothing to do with yew! image

    However, Leylandi can be a skin irritant and there are some reports of it causing abortion in cattle if a lot is eaten.  IME most cattle would not eat much of a growing Leylandi, but if someone put prunings in their fodder they might well eat enough to cause problems. Some cattle just do not have much of a self-preservation instinct!

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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