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Assessing farmers’ awareness of hypomagnesaemic tetany

D. B. Kumssa, B. Penrose, P. A. Bone and others

PLoS ONE (2019) 14

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223868

• What did the research find?

Hypomagnesaemic tetany (HT) was reported by 39 per cent of the 285 farmers who participated in this study. The vast majority (96 per cent) of farmers reporting HT in their livestock used interventions to treat or prevent the condition, compared with 79 per cent of farmers that did not report HT. The main interventions used were free-access supplementation, in-feed supplementation and direct-to-animal treatments such as drenches, boluses and injections. A small number of farmers (3 per cent) used magnesium-lime to correct underlying soil problems, but no other pasture management interventions were reported.

• How was it conducted?

A semi-structured questionnaire was distributed to UK cattle and sheep farmers between July 2016 and July 2017. Data were collected on the incidence of HT, strategies used to treat or prevent HT, mineral testing conducted on animals, forage or soil, and farm size and type. Pearson’s chi-squared test …

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