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grass staggers

occurs in adult sheep and cattle as a result of hypomagnesemia. Lush pasture grasses are not balanced in the Ca:Mg ratio and especially if females are lactating, it can lead to acute onset of severe signs, such as tetany or convulsions.
Synonym(s): grass tetany
[gras stag'ĕrz]


plant members of the family Poaceae (Gramineae).

grass chinkerinchee
grass disease
see grass sickness.
eating grass
is commonly seen in dogs and cats, sometimes associated with gastrointestinal disease, but more often an innocuous habit. May be a cause or a means of easy vomiting when the stomach is empty.
elephant grass
see pennisetumpurpureum.
grass founder
grass nematode
grass pea
grass seed abscess
a common lesion in cattle in summer when grazing dry, native grasses with serrated awns. Lesions occur on the sides of the face and in the parotid area. They are cold abscesses, slow-growing, firm, painless and without heat. They rarely rupture and cause little inconvenience. Their importance is the need to differentiate them from actinomycosis of the jaw.
grass seed awns
see awn.
grass seed nematode poisoning
grass sickness
a dysautonomia of horses; a noninfectious disease of unknown etiology characterized by drooling of saliva from the nostrils, alimentary tract stasis, small hard feces and severe mental depression. The outcome is always fatal. There is a diagnostic degenerative lesion in the sympathetic ganglia.
grass staggers
grass tetany
grass vetchling


incoordination of any kind, including a tendency to fall, and recumbency if harassed.

blind staggers
incoordination, aimless wandering as in liver encephalopathy, carbohydrate engorgement.
grass staggers
paspalum staggers
ryegrass staggers
see ryegrass staggers.
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Genetic variation for parameters relating to grass tetany was less definitive at the Mandan site, possibly because poorer stands were obtained at that location.
This confirms earlier conclusions (Asay and Mayland, 1990), that although parameters associated with grass tetany potential can apparently be effectively altered in this Russian wildrye breeding population through recurrent selection, KRAT at or below the 2.
Genetic correlation coefficients among parameters associated with grass tetany and forage quality in 21 Russian wildrye clonal lines, based on data combined across three locations and two years.
Genetic variability for elements associated with grass tetany in Russian wildrye.
Response to selection for reduced grass tetany potential in crested wheatgrass.
Use of an experimental high-magnesium tall fescue to reduce grass tetany in cattle.
Variation in mineral concentration and grass tetany potential among Russian wildrye accessions.
Developing a tall fescue for reduced grass tetany risk.