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BRIEF: Can you get Selenium poisoning from drinking too much milk?


QUESTION:
Can you get Selenium poisoning from drinking too much milk?

ANSWER:

It is true that selenium (Se) is transferred to the milk, which is good for calves and people in those parts of the US that are selenium deficient. You can have alkali conditions without excessive selenium, so the best thing to do is to test your forages, your home-grown and purchased grains, your drinking and stock water and the milk from your beef cows (you hold her, I'll milk:) ). Then you will know what you are dealing with. The fact that your cattle and horses have never had any symptoms is encouraging. Yes, people do get Se poisoning. There have been chronic cases of Se toxicity in people in Eastern Montana. That does not mean you will, but you have been very, very wise is taking a close look at all of this before you have a problem.