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    Magnesium deficiency and sudden death in livestock

    NTLLS Magnesium supplement Nigel BrownThe Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has recently published a media release by their District Vet, Dr Nigel Brown, warning livestock producers about the risk to sheep and cattle of magnesium deficiency (grass tetany), what causes it and how it can be prevented.

    Hypomagnesaemia (grass tetany) is likely to be a real problem on the Northern Tablelands this year. We are already seeing birthing problems related to ‘lazy’ calvers and lambers. Grass staggers and sudden death will likely be seen in grazing animals when the grass starts to grow even more as it warms up.

    Clostridial diseases and bloat are also likely to cause sudden death this year.

    Click here for a full copy of the media release.

    The NSW DPI Primefact 421 (Grass tetany in cattle – treatment and prevention) and several on clostridial diseases and vaccination, provide good overviews and are well worth consulting.

    For more information about livestock health, contact your Local Land Services District Vet or Livestock Officer on 1300 795 299.

    Image: Dr Nigel Brown recommends a magnesium supplement be provided to livestock prior to the spring grass flush. (Source: NTLLS)


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