Spring pastures can be deadly

Spring pastures can be deadly

TERRI ADAMS

The Prairie Star

The sight of new green grass in spring pastures is a welcome one but it can also be a deadly one. Grass tetany, also known as staggers or pasture poisoning, is fatal in 30 percent or more of untreated cases. Every year cattlemen in Montana and Wyoming lose livestock to tetany. Dr. Donal O’Tooele, a professor of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming, admits “we don’t see all the cases that are out there since many producers know the clinical signs.”

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