Potential pasture problems for livestock

AS pasture growth kicks into gear through spring and early summer, it is worth keeping an eye on certain plant species that can cause health issues for livestock, as Pamela Lawson discovers.

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Potential problems: Rapidly growing phalaris plants can contain high concentrations of toxic alkaloids that can cause staggers and sudden death in livestock. Photo Pamela Lawson.

Acidosis is usually associated with cattle being intensively fed a grain-based ration which has been introduced too quickly or with insufficient roughage and buffering agents, causing lactic acid to

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