Yes, we have had lush, green, rapidly growing grass here, once upon a time. But, this spring it looks like this:
Not seeing the green lush part? Well, look closer at the next photo:
Laugh if you must, but I kid you not that those teeny tiny little sprigs of green grass pack a serious punch, and will cause grass tetany in our cattle every spring if we don't take preventative measures.
Fortunately, prevention is as easy as adding some magnesium oxide (mag) to loose salt. Cattle will store the magnesium in their blood stream, so once you get levels up, it's fairly easy to ensure that everyone is safe and will not suffer from grass tetany again during the transition from winter to summer eating.
What happens if they do get too low in magnesium and eat to much of our potent green grass? Well, in a mild case they will stagger around and lose coordination and fluidity of movement. Worse case scenario is death, so we make sure we get our mag and salt out at the first sign of any green in the spring.
This was all going down while waiting for the cows to trail in to feed. A special bonus to every feed day is dealing with the pet cows, which we primarily blame my brother for taming down. Please note his special cow (more on her to come) licking the cake dust and salt off the pickup tailgate, right in the way. Her buddy, Number 2, is another tame cow, and previous Cow of Note feature.