Hard to Identify, Deadly Beetles Lurking in Hay Bales

By Lilly Platts

Alfalfa hay from Wyoming and South Dakota has killed at least 15 horses at a Wisconsin stable due to blister beetles.  The insects are smashed during hay harvest, releasing toxins and when horses ingest the hay, they can experience poisoning and blisters throughout the intestinal tract and liver.  Fortunately, this issue is not common, but if horses are

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