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With the average breeding cow worth well in excess of £1000, farmers are encouraged to be proactive in managing the increased risk of grass staggers this autumn now that the drought has finally broken.

Hypomagnesaemia, commonly known as grass staggers, is typically seen clinically in only around 1% of stock but results in death for around 30% of those which succumb to it making it much better to prevent the issue than cure it. 

The supply of magnesium to the animal is obviously key itself to avoiding grass staggers, however it is not readily available from sources other than the diet of the animal who relies on absorption from feed and forage in the rumen on a daily basis.

 

 

Young, lush, rapidly growing grass passes through the rumen very quickly due to its low fibre content.  Less time in the rumen means less time to absorb essential nutrients and mineral, such as magnesium.  Additionally, wetter grazing conditions that often occur in autumn result in lower forage intakes and again decrease time available in the rumen for absorption.  As a result, there will be a higher risk of grass staggers once the drought breaks and grass begins to grow rapidly again. 

Any flush of grass such as in autumn or spring, will also typically see a ‘luxury uptake’ of potassium in the plant as it grows.  We actually see levels of potassium even higher in autumn than those reported in spring grazing – an average peak of 3.33% in autumn compared to 3.16% in spring – and it is these high potassium levels which are also a significant contributory factor to reduced magnesium absorption in the rumen.

Whilst various magnesium supplements are available on the market, molassed licks and feed blocks offer a convenient and effective method of supplying magnesium daily, whilst also providing a range of other essential minerals and vitamins critical for good cattle health and performance often found deficient in grazing-based diets.

Rumenco offer a range of palatable high magnesium feed supplements ideal for breeding and lactating cows at increased risk of grass staggers this autumn. The Rumevite, SUPAlyx and MAXX range of products offer something to suit everyone, whether feed blocks, molassed buckets or low moisture licks are preferred, providing extra reassurance throughout the season. We know grass staggers is a common, well known challenge that can be fatal, however it is easily avoided by predicting where the main risks are and addressing them with a suitable magnesium supplement.

 

"The Rumevite, SUPAlyx and MAXX range of products offer something to suit everyone."


 

MAXX Cattle Mag

  • Low moisture feed bucket containing 10.5% magnesium for where there is a risk of grass staggers   
  • Excellent palatability containing 35% sugars
  • Added minerals, vitamins and trace elements, including copper to support fertility
  • Cattle intakes up to 300g/head/day

 

 

 

Rumevite Mag Booster

  • Cereal-based feed block containing 8.5% magnesium
  • Added minerals, vitamins and trace elements, including protected zinc to support hoof and udder health
  • Cattle intakes up to 500g/head/day, sheep intakes up to 100g/head/day

 

SUPAlyx Mag Booster

  • Molassed feed and mineral bucket containing 10.5% magnesium for where there is a risk of grass staggers
  • Added minerals, vitamins and trace elements, including protected zinc to support hoof and udder health
  • Cattle intakes up to 250g/head/day, sheep intakes up to 50g/head/day

 

Given the higher risk of grass staggers this autumn, ensuring cattle are provided with extra magnesium cover will be essential to support them through the season without the occurrence of costly herd losses.

For more information or to find a local stockist please contact us.