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Controlling Grass Tetany

Grunes, D.L. and Mayland, H.F. (1984) Controlling Grass Tetany. USDA-ARS and Extension Service Leaflet No. 561. 6 pp.


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Grass tetany is a nutritional disease that occurs in beef and dairy cattle and sometimes sheep. Deficient levels of magnesium in the diet cause the disease, which is responsible for the deaths of many cows in the United States and other countries. Grass tetany is sometimes called hypomagnesemic tetany, lactation tetany, grass staggers, or winter tetany. Cows are particularly susceptible to tetany when nursing a calf or producing milk. Sometimes pregnant animals die from the condition. Older cows are more susceptible than those with their first or second calves. Also, cows that are herded or worked may be more susceptible to the disease.

Item Type: Technical Bulletin
NWISRL Publication Number: 0528
Additional Information: 1984 Revision of NWISRL Publication 361
Subjects: Irrigated crops > Grass forage > Chemistry
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Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2008 20:52
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 16:38
Item ID: 1125

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