Field of Tilton 85 Bermuda grass produces cyanide, killing cattle
Dr. Gary Warner, an Elgin veterinarian who specializes in cattle, conducted the necropsy. Preliminary tests revealed the Tifton 85 grass, which has been here for years, had suddenly started producing cyanide gas, poisoning the cattle.
"Coming off the drought that we had the last two years, we're concerned it was a combination of events that led us to this," said Warner. "The problem is, we don't know, and there needs to be some caution exercised until we know more about the situation."
What is more worrisome: Other farmers have tested their Tifton 85 grass, and several in Bastrop County have found their fields are also toxic with cyanide. However, no other cattle have died.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are dissecting the grass to determine if there might have been some strange, unexpected mutation.
Another alternative seems to fungus.
So have we been eating low levels of cyanide in our beef, because nobody thought to test grass for it?
NOTE Seems not to be GMO. Creepy enough, though.