What’s Killing My Cattle?
After purchasing two farms early in the 1870s, JHH Boyd moves to the Cagle community. His initial interest in plants is piqued when many of his grazing cows mysteriously grow ill and die. Writing several horticultural publications across the northeast, JHH Boyd learns from the editor of the Farm Journal of Philadelphia that the Bubby bush, (Calycantheus floridus) is responsible for the livestock poisoning. He also learns that the plant is used in 19th century medications. JHH Boyd Account