One of the unique aspects of Elkhart County is the mix of farms and suburban living throughout the county. Many homeowners enjoy watching cows, horses and other livestock grazing from their own backyard.

This time of the year, I hear from veterinarians or livestock owners saying they had some sick or poisoned livestock. The source of the poisoning is landscape plant clippings from neighboring lawns. How does this happen?

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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