leafy spurge "Euphorbia esula"
Leafy spurge grows from 12" to 30" tall, usually in patches and spreads rapidly.
This plant has no forage value, it produces a milky substances which can cause severe irritation of the mouth and digestive
tract of cattle which may result in death. In humans it also can
cause blistering and irritation on the skin as well as swelling.
The roots of this plant can reach depths of 15 feet and lateral spread of up to 35 feet. Even if the foliage of the plant
is destroyed, the roots will regenerate new shoots. Leafy spurge can be catastrophic to grasslands for both economic
and ecological reasons. It is estimated that the plant reduces the productivity of grazing land by 50 to 75 percent.
CAUTION CATTLE PRODUCERS
A case of "bovine Trichomoniasis" has been
reported within the reservation boundaries within Ziebach County. This is
a contagious venereal disease caused by a one celled parasite (protozoan), that
is spread to bulls and cows. This is NOT a disease that will cause your
herd to be quarantined. If you have questions or think your herd might be
infected please call the State Veterinarian's Office at Pierre
CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE PRAIRIE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM