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MOVING animals from paddock to paddock
is easy, but moving the electric fence that keeps them contained has not
always been so simple. Gallagher Animals management Systems' new
portable electric fence, the Smartfence T4100, may be just the solution.
The fence is simple to set-up and move. It has four wires, 10 posts and is
100 metres long (two units can be joined together if a longer fence is
needed). The fence is suitable for smaller animals and can be set up on
flat terrain or mild slopes to create a paddock or to mend an existing
• Details: www.gallagherams.com
THE Peacock Farm function and private dining
facility has recently been established as an
organic self-sustaining farm, and all produce supplied is organic and
friendly to our waste water recycling system. All foods, drinks, washing
liquids, and body cleansing products, which are compatible with our
sustainable system are supplies. Please feel free to discuss any issues
about the products you wish to use with us.
• Details: 08 8556 4051, 0402 333 844 or www.peacockfarm.com.au for
facilities, opening hours.
Sharp and tough
AS the temperature starts to drop and winter
draws near, prepare yourself for cosy times in
front of the fireplace - made all the easier with
the great range of axes and splitters from FISKARS. Virtually
unbreakable, the FISKARS axe range offers strong and lightweight
handles made from fibreglass reinforced polyamide -- helping to make the
axes the toughest on the market.
• Details: www.fiskars.com or 03 8645 2400.
BY ROSS WALLER
GRASS tetany has really
kicked-in with the onset
of cold weather.The fol-
lowing article is a good start to
understanding the problem, and
particularly magnesium short-
In the next edition, I will add
a follow-up with strategies on
how to avoid this insidious
Grass tetany is a disorder
where the level of magnesium
in the cerebrospinal fluid -
which surrounds the brain and
spinal cord of livestock - drops
below a critical level.
The level of magnesium in the
blood decreases before the
levels in the cerebrospinal fluid.
Low levels of blood
also usually associated with low
levels of blood magnesium, or
hypomagnesaemia - particularly
in late pregnant stock and cows
These low levels of calcium
and magnesium have an effect
on muscle function to the point
where the animal can die of
suffocation because it cannot
simple deficiency of
magnesium, the disorder can be
quite complex and different
circumstances can lead to
reductions in blood and
In its simple form, the
problem is a lack of
magnesium. In its more
complicated form, potassium
can interfere with magnesium
absorption in the rumen.
Potassium concentrations in the
rumen can increase when:
• Cattle graze pastures on soils
naturally high in potassium.
• Grazing pastures fertilised
with high levels of potassium
• Cows or ewes are deficient
in salt (sodium).
• Animals' diets change from
hay or other dry feed to very
For most farmers, the first
sign of problems are usually
death at the onset of grass
tetany outbreaks.Typically, there
is froth from the mouth and
nose, and the ground around
the animal is roughed-up as
though the animal has been
trying to dig a hole. Excitement
and muscular spasms are most
common and indicative of this
'Insidious' threat of tetany
SEASONAL DANGER: Low levels of blood calcium are also usually
associated with low levels of blood magnesium, or hypomagnesaemia --
particularly in late pregnant stock and cows with calves-at-foot.
Low levels of calcium,
magnesium have impact
Reduction of feed intake major
Seasonal changes manipulate
SIX metropolitan councils are set to
champion renewable energy solutions to communities as a result of a 12-
month pilot scheme established by the Local Government Association
with ZEN Home Energy Systems. The metropolitan pilot includes the
councils of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide-
Enfield and West Torrens.
• Details: 1300 936 466 0 www.zenhomeenergy.com
Need to know more:
Ross Waller 0427181943 or email
POTENTIAL OF YOUR
Victor Harbor Road, Mt Compass SA 5210
• Fax (08) 8556 8269
Contact: Ross Waller 0427 186 943,
Paul Zimmermann 0414 744 050
(08) 8556 8332
• Feedlot Concentrates for beef cattle, sheep and lambs
• Vitamin and Mineral Premixes for Ruminants
• High Magnesiumsupplement Magforce
• Productive Nutrition developed stock supplements for
sheep and cattle
• Custom Blended loose licks, premixes and supplements
• Lambgrow pellet for lot feed sheep and lambs
• Drenchable Vitamin A and E combinations
• All Weather Formula stock licks
• Transforce soluble transition supplement for sheep and
• Feedlot Raw Materials stock lime, salt, bentonite etc
• Ration Formulation
• Stud Stock Rations, Calf Feeds, Concentrates etc
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Since my childhood I recall Gorse (alternate name
Furze) has always existed on the steep slopes at the
back of the old family farm at Gumeracha. Gorse is a
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The clock has been turned back 20 years on that
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any new re-growth under my terms.
Ian Cornish -- Gumeracha
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