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 £1,000, and these animals being the most susceptible to grass staggers, avoiding problems is vital to reduce any
potential costly losses.

Grass staggers is defined as a deficiency of available dietary magnesium. Spring presents the first risk season of the year, due to the flush in grass growth as temperatures start to increase. 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 if therefore important to help maintain optimal blood magnesium levels to help reduce the chance of grass staggers.
This year in particular, forage shortages and a mild winter means cattle will be turned out early and therefore farmers are encouraged to get ahead when it comes to magnesium supplementation.

HOW CAN DOWNLAND MAG EXTRA HELP MANAGE THE GRASS STAGGERS RISK THIS SEASON?
  • Molassed palatable mineral lick containing 15% magnesium.
  • 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 added copper to support fertility

14th March 2019