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Preventing Grass Tetany In Cattle

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Unfortunately sometimes the first sign of a grass tetany is finding dead cows in your pasture. Grass Tetany can strike quickly, leaving the animal dead within hours of the onset of symptoms, making detection and treatment that much more difficult. In the battle against grass tetany it’s best to try to prevent it rather than treat it.

The Science of Spring Tetany

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While it may be tempting to let your cattle loose on your lush green pastures, take care to ensure you’re reducing your herd’s risk of grass tetany incidents.

10 Tips for Pasture Management

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As the days get shorter and the temperatures start to drop it’s time to take a moment and evaluate your pastures. While proper pasture management is a yearlong endeavor, fall is an excellent time to give your pastures some extra TLC in an effort to maximize their productivity come spring. Here are 10 things you can do right now to get your pastures ready for cold weather and improve spring growth.

Fall Pasture Management Checklist

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If desired grasses and legumes have perished due to drought or thinned as a result of normal summer use consider overseeding. Overseeding replenishes the stand of grass and legumes within an existing pasture area.

Rotational Grazing

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Rotational grazing allows you to provide fresh pasture to your livestock at all times. Large pastures are sectioned off into smaller parcels using either permanent or temporary fencing. These new smaller pastures are grazed intensively for a short period of time. Animals are then moved to the next pasture that is ready for grazing and the pasture they were moved from is given time off to allow grass to regrow.

Fertilizing Pasture in the Fall

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Fall is a great time to evaluate the condition of your cool-season pastures and apply fertilizer as needed. Fall fertilization will increase tillering, shoot branching, winter survival and overall plant density per square foot. First, test your soil and determine its pH.

Spring Pasture Management 'Must Do's'

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Pastures are more than a food source to livestock, in many instances pastures are where the livestock spend their days, exercise and socialize. It’s up to the livestock owner to ensure that pastures provide not only a safe environment for the animals, but also adequate nutrition. For most, pasture management comes to mind during the spring when temperatures start to rise, however if you want to ensure you have productive pastures, proper pasture management practices must be adhered to e

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