It seems spring has arrived early this year. I spent the past week visiting my family in south-central Pennsylvania for spring break and it certainly felt like spring. Instead of the normal cool, rainy weather we have in March, we had temperatures in the 60s and 70s and it was continually sunny every day.
You’d have never guessed that exactly a year ago half the farm was under water due to flooding from torrential rains.
Our mama cows will be calving soon and the cool-season grasses are already off to a good start with the mild weather. This early lush forage growth coupled with calving sets the stage for grass tetany.
If you are unfamiliar with grass tetany, this ailment is caused by a low level of magnesium (Mg) in the plant, which leads a magnesium deficiency to develop in the bovine consuming the forage.