Grass Staggers

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are alerting farmers that, in light of this winter’s extreme weather, there is an increased risk in cows suffering magnesium deficiency. 

The condition, commonly known as grass staggers, often affects grazing cattle in spring but magnesium tetany can also affect overwinter cows fed on silage. George Caldow of SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, said: “the condition leads to hyper-excitability, muscular spasm, convulsions, respiratory distress, collapse and even death. Cattle rely on a steady intake of magnesium and heavy rainfall can interfere with the normal food intake”.