grass tetany


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grass tetany

[′gras ‚tet·ən·ē]
(veterinary medicine)
A magnesium-deficiency disease of cows. Also known as hypomagnesemia.
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The high soil P and K levels under dung pads have consequences for P losses to the environment and increased likelihood of grass tetany in cows, especially in stock camp areas and night paddocks.
When ruminants--animals with four stomachs--have too little magnesium in their blood, grass tetany can result.
Grass tetany is thought to be due to low intake of magnesium, and possibly calcium, from very rapid growth in grasses as forage or cut for hay.