An­i­mal health

Irish Examiner - Farming - - BEEF SECTOR -

As nights get longer, and tem­per­a­tures drop, there is a higher risk of grass tetany in suck­ler cows.

This is even more likely where there is a lot of clover in the graz­ing sward.

Clover has also caused sig­nif­i­cant in­ci­dences of bloat lately. The sim­plest way to avoid un­nec­es­sary losses from tetany is to pro­vide mag­ne­sium licks for cows with calves at foot. Pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to fresh calvers. still be there in the next round. The ro­ta­tion length should be ap­proach­ing 35 days now, in or­der to have enough grass for at least one more ro­ta­tion.

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