Help Minimise Losses within your Herd this Spring

It is estimated that the average annual incidence of grass staggers in cattle in the UK is under 1%, but alarmingly, up to as many as 30% of these cases results in death. With the average cost of a breeding cow well in excess of £1000, and these animals being the most susceptible to grass staggers over and above others in the herd, makes avoiding grass staggers vital to reduce any potential costly losses.

Spring presents the first grass staggers risk season of the year, due to the flush in grass growth as temperatures start to hot up in the lead up to summer. Not only does this rapidly growing grass have a low magnesium content, but it also contains high levels of potassium and nitrogen which can reduce magnesium absorption once the
grazed grass has been eaten.

Furthermore, whilst an animal’s bone contains large reserves of magnesium, it is not easily mobilised. Daily magnesium supplementation is therefore important to help maintain optimal blood magnesium levels to help reduce the chance of grass staggers.

How can Downland Mag Extra help manage the Grass Staggers risk this spring?
  • Extra high 18% magnesium from a bioavailable source
  • Optimal sodium level to aid magnesium absorption
  • Fortified with minerals and vitamins often found deficient in grazing
  • Protected zinc for where there is a risk of mastitis and lameness
  • Available as 25kg buckets and 100kg tubs

Also available with copper. Click here to find out more.

20th April 2018