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Adair Agent Nick Roy wears glove handling Poison Hemlock



2017-06-15 - Homeplace on Green River, 5807 New Columbia Road, Campellsville, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, retired district forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry, President of Homeplace on Green River.
Adair County Extension Agent, Nick Roy, gave a sobering talk about Poison Hemlock. Nick was actually wearing a glove on his left hand to handle the hazardous plant. He said that as with Poison Ivy, some might be more susceptible to the toxins of Poison Hemlock than others but it is indeed very toxic. According to my memory two pounds consumed by a thousand pound cow could be deadly. He did say that standing in the pasture, cattle most probably would not eat it as long as they had plenty of grass, however he warned that should the Poison Hemlock be mixed with grass in the haying process, the cattle might consume enough to sicken or kill themselves.

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