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Starting Spring Grazing With Healthy Livestock

As we head into grazing season, let’s make sure our livestock are ready for the green grass.

We start with this short list of reminders from Michael Harman about reseeding, compaction, and what to do just before you turn your animals out to pasture.

Spring “To Do” List for Grass Managers

Michael mentions grass tetany prevention, something that can come from too much green grass and not enough magnesium. Here’s what you need to know to prevent it and/or cure it.

Grass Tetany Prevention and Cures

Bloat is another risk for animals heading out to pasture after a long winter. Here’s how your can manage your grazing to prevent it.

Spring Pasture Bloat Prevention and Cures

Since Michael mentioned the importance of magnesium for preventing grass tetany, you may be wondering what other minerals your livestock need. This is a great article for those of you raising cattle.

Here Are the Minerals Cattle Require and What Deficiencies Look Like

And finally, from John Marble, a KISS method for serving up those minerals.

A “Keep-It-Simple” Method for Getting Minerals to Your Herd

On Pasture Animal Health Ebooks

Last, but not least, here are a couple ebooks that might be helpful. Enjoy!

Pinkeye and Fly Management Made Easier

Goat Health Handbook – Free Download

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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