Grass Tetany: Causes & Prevention

Springtime is here! The grass gets greener, and producers are excited to get their cows out on pasture, but as a producer, did you properly prepare your cows for that lush green grass? Death from grass tetany can occur very rapidly. Luckily, there is an inexpensive “insurance policy” to help prevent it. Magnesium!

Grass Tetany Causes

Grass Tetany Causes

Grass tetany occurs when magnesium becomes deficient in the cow. Grass is high in potassium, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. When a cow starts consuming that lush grass, high in these nutrients, it interferes with magnesium absorption. Lactating cows also require an increased amount of magnesium. These factors during the spring, increase the risk for grass tetany in your herd.

How to Prevent?

Prevention starts with feeding a high magnesium mineral or mixing magnesium by hand into your mineral for three weeks before turnout and then continued until grass matures (usually about three weeks after turnout). The University of Nebraska-Lincoln recommends feeding about 10 to 20 grams of magnesium per day. 

Prevention is the best method to manage grass tetany. Contact your CPM nutrition advisor for more information and to get set up with magnesium before you send your herd to those green, lush pastures.

Written by Carly Steffensmeier,

Livestock Advisor

Spring Happenings at CPM

Spring time finds all of us working more outside and enjoying the weather, and here are some spring happenings at CPM. Everyone on our team at CPM is busy manufacturing for spring calving season with the anticipation of summer pasture and beef creep season. CPM is enthusiastic about our producers. We manufacture and advise for large livestock operations and for small livestock operations. 

Russ Vering, Managing Partner/Large Account Sales/Owner, talks about Spring Happenings at CPM.
Russ Vering, Managing Partner/Large Account Sales/Owner at CPM

Let’s talk about small operations

Whether you are raising chickens in your back yard or feeding out your own pork or beef, CPM has solutions for your feed needs. Our philosophy is to keep nutrition simple and locally produced. All of our Poultry, Swine, Goat, Sheep, and Beef feeds are made in Nebraska with Nebraska ingredients. We take the time to evaluate each ingredient that goes into your feed ensuring that it is safe for your livestock and nutritionally required. Our company does not believe in fluff or fillers. All of our decisions are research driven and good for the longevity of your herd or flock. Fluff or buzz words are constantly used to sell feed. CPM engages with the best technology in the nutrition business to bring you the best results. You will not see buzz words on our tag unless they actually create a benefit for your herd or flock. 

It’s Also Show Season

Spring also means show season and we are amping up for a doozy this year. CPM is continuously engaged with county fair projects and sponsoring youth show events. From Iowa to Montana CPM supports youth agriculture shows. We believe that the future of agriculture starts with a show project supported by family and youth clubs. Our team believes in agriculture and the resilience of farmers small and large where you can do business with a handshake and trust us to do our part.

We appreciate your business and look forward to partnering on more projects with you in the future!