By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Wayne County
Pasture growth will soon begin, and for livestock owners who are short on stored forage as a result of last year’s drought, the temptation will be to begin the grazing season as early as possible. One of the risks associated with early spring pastures is the development of grass tetany.
Grass tetany is sometimes called grass staggers. Grass tetany is a metabolic condition of cattle and sheep associated with a magnesium deficiency. Symptoms of grass tetany include animal nervousness, twitching skin, and a staggered gait. Symptoms are not always observed and the first sign of any problem may be a dead animal. Generally early lactation animals are most susceptible to grass tetany, especially if they are an older animal. Young animals and later lactation animals rarely have problems with grass tetany.
Grass tetany can be triggered by the consumption of young, succulent cool season grasses including perennials such as orchardgrass, fescue, ryegrass, and bluegrass.… Continue readingRead More »