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Nitrate Toxicity, Sodium Deficiency and the Grass Tetany Snydrome - Long Version

Grass tetany affects high producing cattle and other herbivores being fed rations excessive in protein. A common factor is excessive nitrogen fertilization of pastures. Adequate dietary sodium not only protects against nitrate toxicity, but also aids in the prevention of grass tetany, and other metabolic and reproductive disorders in herbivores. By. Dr. T.W. Swerczek, DVM, Ph.D.

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Dairy Comparison

Research on a respected dairy operation in eastern Pennsylvania. They agreed to split their 40 cow milking herd, using the Growers Mineral Solutions (GMS) as a mineral supplement on one half and continuing with their commercial mineral on the other half. The data shows the herd using GMS had much lower manure phosphorus levels, and it was achieved while holding same or higher levels of phosphorus in the blood stream. Includes data taken from the farm's DHIA record sheets during the comparison trial

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Comparison of Beef Cattle Offal

A comparison of the health of feedlot animals fed a forage diet and feed components raised on the Growers Program, to the health of animals raised on the high energy and high fertility approach of the establishment.

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Nitrate Toxicity, Sodium Deficiency and the Grass Tetany Syndrome

The clinical signs of grass tetany and milk fever are often similar, and probably the triggering mechanisms are also similar. Without exception, most researchers have observed that clinical signs of grass tetany rarely occur unless affected animals are high producing and being fed a ration high, or excessive, in protein which includes non-protein nitrogenous compounds.

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