Can Sheep Eat Okra

Can sheep eat okra?
According to The Daily Sheeple, “There is no mention in any reputable sheep husbandry textbooks of okra as a forage crop for sheep.” However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that sheep can’t eat okra.

The website goes on to say that okra is actually a member of the mallow family, which also includes cotton, hibiscus, and cacao. The okra plant is native to Africa, and was introduced to the Americas by way of the slave trade.
Okra is a highly nutritious vegetable, and is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K.

It also contains calcium, potassium, and fiber. So, if sheep could eat okra, it would be a good addition to their diet.
However, there is one potential problem with feeding okra to sheep.

The pods of the okra plant are covered in tiny, sharp spines. These spines could potentially injure a sheep’s mouth or digestive tract.
So, while we don’t know for sure whether or not sheep can eat okra, it seems like it might be best to err on the side of caution and not feed it to them.

Can sheep eat okra?

No, sheep cannot eat okra.



DG Pugh

Hi, I am DG Pugh. A professor of large animals and a  world-renowned expert on the medical care of sheep and goats. I am also the author of a book titled ''Sheep and Goat Medicine''. I hope you will enjoy all my content on this blog. I write majorly on how to take care of your sheet and goats.

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