Mag Extra – Ideal to Help Manage Grass Staggers Risk

Rapidly growing grass has a low magnesium content with a poor availability due to its low dry matter content, high potash level and the high protein (nitrogen) content. Minimising the risks associated with magnesium during spring turnout can help mitigate the risk of grass staggers in lactating cows and sheep.

Any sort of stress; environmental, dietary or metabolic can further decrease the availability or absorption of magnesium. It is estimated up to 1% of our national herd and flock is affected by magnesium deficiency clinically or sub-clinically each year and up to 30% of this figure results in death.

Magnesium is not easily mobilised from body reserves and coupled with this is an extremely low circulatory pool from which animals can draw from when required. Consequently they are always on a near knife-edge in terms of availability, which is why even a small disruption in dietary supply can cause a problem.

By understanding the nutritional challenges, farmers are better able to make an informed choice of the most appropriate method of supplementation to avoid this disease.

Downland Mag Extra licks offer the ideal solution:
• Contains a very high magnesium level (18% Mg)
• Added sodium aids magnesium absorption
• Includes a full range of other essential minerals and vitamins
• Added protected zinc to support foot and teat health
• Offer to cows and ewes in advance of the risk period to acclimatise them to the lick
• Position close to the water source to encourage higher intake
• Also available with copper


3rd April 2017

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