Mineral supplementation is key

Mineral supplementation is key

Dr. Jason Smith

University of Tennessee

With much needed moisture in the ground (at least relatively speaking), and unseasonably warm temperatures across much of Tennessee over the past few weeks, the spring green-up has begun earlier than in years prior. As exciting as dormant pastures coming to life may be, the risk that they present should not be overlooked. Rapidly growing grass, as well as wheat pasture and other cool season annuals are extremely high in potassium (K) and incredibly low in magnesium (Mg). When combined, these two factors substantially increase the risk for cattle to develop grass tetany.

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