LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service officials say the record heat has contributed to the deaths of cattle and other livestock in the state.
Tom Troxel is the associate head of Animal Science at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Troxel said Friday there have been two confirmed cases of cattle deaths resulting from hydrocyanic, or prussic, acid. The state Livestock and Poultry Commission confirmed the deaths.
He says prussic acid is generally found in stressed forage plants. When growth is depressed by adverse environmental conditions like drought or frost, prussic acid poisoning becomes an issue.
Extension veterinarian Dustan Clark also says owners have reported the loss of rabbits, pond fish and turkeys.
Clark warned that the heat could cause problems for catfish farmers, too.