Rye­grass stag­gers

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This is caused by a fun­gus or en­do­phyte that re­leases a toxin that causes head nod­ding, stag­ger­ing and un­steady walk­ing in af­fected (usu­ally young) an­i­mals. It is best pre­vented by hav­ing a broad range of grass species in the pas­ture rather than pre­dom­i­nantly rye­grass, and not over­stock­ing so an­i­mals are feed­ing on longer (older) pas­ture. If an­i­mals are af­fected, get them out of the pas­ture into an area free of it and feed them al­paca nuts or Lucerne hay.

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