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Drought Could Make Hay Toxic for Animals

Posted July 19, 2007 8:22 p.m. EDT
Updated July 19, 2007 8:45 p.m. EDT

— Dry conditions across the state could pose a serious threat for farmers, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The department found high levels of nitrates in hay samples, which could make the hay deadly for farm animals.

Symptoms of nitrate poisoning range from respiratory distress to a weak or rapid heart beat to low body temperature. Toxic levels could result in death within two hours, officials said.