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08-03-2017

Don’t stagger into spring!

Hypomagnesaemia (grass staggers) is a metabolic disorder of cattle and sheep caused by low magnesium levels in the blood. It commonly occurs in lactating cows when they are turned out to grass in the spring. It can also occur in autumn when there is a late flush of grass growth.

The condition typically occurs on a cold/wet day when the cattle do not consume as much grass as normal. The disease can occur in both adult cattle and calves of beef and dairy breeds.

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