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Preventing pasture bloat

After a slow, wet spring, warmer temperatures the last few weeks have lead to what seems to be a quick green-up on many pastures. An important factor affecting animal performance of cattle grazing high-quality legume and cereal grain pastures is frothy bloat. Bloat can have potentially devastating effects on animal health if cattle are not monitored closely, especially when cattle are first introduced to bloat susceptible pastures and(or) during certain climatic conditions and plant growth stages when the nutrient composition of the grazed forage changes rapidly. Although annual death losses from bloat have been estimated at two to three percent, they can be as high as 20 percent.

In addition to increased death loss, other consequences of bloat that reduce profitability of grazing enterprises include reduced weight gains, lower milk production, reduced feed efficiency, increased labor costs and added treatment costs. Understanding the causes of bloat and using practices that reduce and/or prevent pasture bloat will help to reduce losses and improve performance of cattle grazing lush forages.

After a slow, wet spring, warmer temperatures the last few weeks have lead to what seems to be a quick green-up on many pastures. An important factor affecting animal performance of cattle grazing high-quality legume and cereal grain pastures is frothy bloat. Bloat can have potentially devastating effects on animal health if cattle are not monitored closely, especially when cattle are first introduced to bloat susceptible pastures and(or) during certain climatic conditions and plant growth stages when the nutrient composition of the grazed forage changes rapidly. Although annual death losses from bloat have been estimated at two to three percent, they can be as high as 20 percent.



In addition to increased death loss, other consequences of bloat that reduce profitability of grazing enterprises include reduced weight gains, lower milk production, reduced feed efficiency, increased labor costs and added treatment costs. Understanding the causes of bloat and using practices that reduce and/or prevent pasture bloat will help to reduce losses and improve performance of cattle grazing lush forages.

After a slow, wet spring, warmer temperatures the last few weeks have lead to what seems to be a quick green-up on many pastures. An important factor affecting animal performance of cattle grazing high-quality legume and cereal grain pastures is frothy bloat. Bloat can have potentially devastating effects on animal health if cattle are not monitored closely, especially when cattle are first introduced to bloat susceptible pastures and(or) during certain climatic conditions and plant growth stages when the nutrient composition of the grazed forage changes rapidly. Although annual death losses from bloat have been estimated at two to three percent, they can be as high as 20 percent.



In addition to increased death loss, other consequences of bloat that reduce profitability of grazing enterprises include reduced weight gains, lower milk production, reduced feed efficiency, increased labor costs and added treatment costs. Understanding the causes of bloat and using practices that reduce and/or prevent pasture bloat will help to reduce losses and improve performance of cattle grazing lush forages.

After a slow, wet spring, warmer temperatures the last few weeks have lead to what seems to be a quick green-up on many pastures. An important factor affecting animal performance of cattle grazing high-quality legume and cereal grain pastures is frothy bloat. Bloat can have potentially devastating effects on animal health if cattle are not monitored closely, especially when cattle are first introduced to bloat susceptible pastures and(or) during certain climatic conditions and plant growth stages when the nutrient composition of the grazed forage changes rapidly. Although annual death losses from bloat have been estimated at two to three percent, they can be as high as 20 percent.

In addition to increased death loss, other consequences of bloat that reduce profitability of grazing enterprises include reduced weight gains, lower milk production, reduced feed efficiency, increased labor costs and added treatment costs. Understanding the causes of bloat and using practices that reduce and/or prevent pasture bloat will help to reduce losses and improve performance of cattle grazing lush forages.


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