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Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by Jlsmith80 » Thu May 14, 2020 8:49 pm

I am new to this bought three steers feed corn and supplement and hay. Now that grass is growing they are eating it instead of hay they have a little diarrhea and that is very green. I know it is caused by the new green grass. What should I do, is this dangerous they are not bloated or anything last thing I want is for one to die.



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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by A.J. » Thu May 14, 2020 9:05 pm

As long as they aren’t bloated, they should be fine. I like to keep a good high mag mineral out this time of year to help prevent grass tetany. Mine all have green butts right now. If you are concerned, you could keep them up part of the day with hay, so they will mix that in some with the green grass.

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by out to pasture » Thu May 14, 2020 9:05 pm

1, how young are they
2 are they bottle calves
if they are weened beef calves they will be fine
you can always pen them up for a short time an feed some hay
no they wont die
yes its green grass

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by Jlsmith80 » Thu May 14, 2020 9:09 pm

They are 700 plus pound beef cattle

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by kenny thomas » Thu May 14, 2020 9:15 pm

Jlsmith80 wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 9:09 pm
They are 700 plus pound beef cattle
Let them eat and squirt. It's natural. The are squirting the extra water and protein out the back end.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by Jlsmith80 » Thu May 14, 2020 9:24 pm

I may try the high mag block how long you keep them on that

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by kenny thomas » Thu May 14, 2020 9:40 pm

Jlsmith80 wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 9:24 pm
I may try the high mag block how long you keep them on that
High mag is usually only for cows with young calves. Not a worry if they are steers.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by Dave » Thu May 14, 2020 10:34 pm

It is caused by the high water content in the grass and the fact that the cell walls in the grass have not hardened. That combination makes feed break down easier and move thorough their system faster. It is normal this time of the year.

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by Redgully » Fri May 15, 2020 5:06 am

Usually bloating is only a problem if there is to many legumes in the pasture.

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by greggy » Fri May 15, 2020 5:25 am

I never worry about loose pats, in fact, I think it is better, they do not pile up & therefore breakdown quicker.....

What matters is disposition and condition, i.e, if they are doing well or something making them ill.

You do need to watch out though if unknown paddocks, cause there are times when going to green grass can be bad, depends on the grass type and fert used and if preg etc....

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by TCRanch » Fri May 15, 2020 7:18 am

I always keep a bale available for roughage, generally just prairie hay. They'll wander over and munch on it when they've had too much of a good thing.

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by hurleyjd » Fri May 15, 2020 8:23 am

Do not get close behind them or you will get dosed. I never worry about any thing like that that is just part of cows. They will be gaining faster on the grass than on the corn and hay.

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by 76 Bar » Fri May 15, 2020 9:09 am

All good advice...especially regarding making hay available which not incidentally should be of mediocre quality. Personally I wouldn't be cavalier about observation. If its reasonably convenient it'll add immeasurably to your livestock experience & skills.

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by CaddoFarms » Fri May 15, 2020 1:35 pm

Do loose minerals protect from bloat? This year I have a lot of legumes and was told to go to a mineral bloat block for a month or so and return to loose.

I've always fed just loose and never had a problem but have much more legumes than past years.

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Re: Green Grass and Diarrhea

Post by BFE » Sat May 16, 2020 6:32 am

CaddoFarms wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 1:35 pm
Do loose minerals protect from bloat? This year I have a lot of legumes and was told to go to a mineral bloat block for a month or so and return to loose.

I've always fed just loose and never had a problem but have much more legumes than past years.
Their are products specifically made to address bloat, and most loose minerals I've seen aren't advertised as such. You can buy sodium bicarbonate and mix in with your mineral if you're worried about bloat, or buy bloat blocks.

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