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Stock at risk on winter grazing crops

Murray Local Land Services is urging livestock producers to be vigilant when it comes to grazing green feed, particularly cereal crops, this winter.

There have been a number of confirmed cases of livestock deaths due to low calcium on grazing crops in recent weeks.

Pregnant, lactating, and growing stock have higher-than-normal requirements for calcium and magnesium. Deaths can occur when stock graze cereal crops or grass-dominant pastures, which are notoriously low in these minerals.

District Vet, Eve Hall, said producers can reduce the risk to stock by providing ad lib access to appropriate mineral supplements.

“Cheap and effective loose-licks can be made on-farm with a simple mix of coarse salt, agricultural lime, and causmag at a ratio of 2:2:1,” she said.

“Add causmag into the mix slowly as it can have a bitter taste which may turn some animals away if introduced too quickly.”

More information about livestock health and grazing green feed can be obtained by contacting a District Vet at your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.

For more information, contact Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252 or 0427 459 755.