Silent Killer: Grass Tetany and How to Prevent It

Agridirect.ie discusses the danger of grass tetany in the weeks running up to housing, and offers some advice on the best way to prevent and treat it.

Aftergrass – a hotbed for tetany

As the grazing season draws to a close, suckler farmers should keep a closer-than-usual eye on their stock. Animals will be housed in the next few weeks, but until then the risk of grass tetany is very high. Tetany is one of the biggest cattle killers on Irish suckler farms, and it usually occurs on heavy, low-fibre paddocks. If you put animals out on aftergrass in the last few weeks, you should be particularly vigilant. Cows recently weaned of their calves are most at risk of succumbing to tetany.  

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Grass tetany worries? Here’s some advice

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As the spring grass begins to grow, Agridirect reminds Irish farmers to watch out for grass tetany in lactating cows and ewes. 

A touch of spring

On the weather front, February has been a very mixed month. Last week, Ireland lay in the depths of winter. On some nights, temperatures dipped as low as minus 4. Many water systems froze up. Frost, thick ice and heavy snow offered little hope to farmers who are anxious to free up housing facilities, and get lambs and calves out on pasture. Continue reading “Grass tetany worries? Here’s some advice”