Winter is the time producers use hi-mag cattle mineral. Most of us have heard about grass tetany but what does it mean? Can Hi Mag mineral help with grass tetany problems?
What is Grass Tetany?
Grass tetany is a magnesium deficiency that can occur in beef cattle. When grazing pastures that have rapidly grown green grass, like ryegrass, livestock can develop grass tetany. In addition, grass tetany is often associated with conditions of low magnesium and high potassium in pastures. Also, soil temperature, moisture, and fertilization can affect mineral levels. A cow’s requirement for magnesium increases after calving. Furthermore, older animals are more at risk than young animals. Symptoms are loss of muscle control, irritability and unfortunately, this can result in rapid death.
How Can You Prevent Grass Tetany?
Grass tetany is preventable by offering a Hi-Mag cattle mineral. Cattle should have hi-mag 2-3 weeks before grass exposure and for a month after first grass growth. Additionally, research suggests that heifers born to mothers with adequate mineral supplementation are more productive than those born to inadequately supplemented cows. Experts say that the benefits of mineral supplementation are way beyond the animal that directly ingests the mineral supplement.
Purina Hi-Mag Mineral Products
Purina’s Wind and Rain® High Magnesium Mineral is designed for cattle grazing lush pastures. A unique manufacturing process ensures a more consistent intake and adequate levels of magnesium. Of course, this reduces the potential for death losses from grass tetany.
Wind and Rain® Storm® minerals contain the proper balance and ratios of all 14 essential cattle minerals. Matching the correct product for the cattleman’s available forage assures cattle receive the mineral nutrition they need for health, growth, and reproduction.
Resists water, not digestion. Storm® Formulation nearly eliminates water retention and clumping or “bricking.” That means cattle will continue to consume the mineral even after it’s been wet. Though it resists moisture, Purina research reveals that it does not prevent digestion. Result: Less Waste.