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Ryegrass toxicosis is a summer risk for livestock

Agriculture Victoria is warning farmers of the risk of perennial ryegrass toxicosis.

By Portal Admin - 14th February 2017 - Back to News

Most old or naturalised perennial ryegrass pastures contain fungal endophytes which can produce high levels of alkaloids that can be toxic to livestock. Symptoms include a range of nervous disorders including staggers, ill thrift, heat stress, scours and possibly lower fertility. Serious outbreaks occur in high rainfall areas across Victoria when big springs are followed by a hot and dry autumn.


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