Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

New treatment hope for ryegrass staggers

19 February 2015

Perennial ryegrass toxicoses (PRGT), or ryegrass staggers, is an ongoing and costly problem for Australian producers in the form of lost production and increased livestock mortality.

CSU Senior Lecturer in veterinary physiology and Graham Centre member Dr Jane Quinn said the condition was caused by a toxin produced by a naturally occurring fungus in the some varieties of perennial ryegrass.

"The affected livestock can develop the staggers which makes them very difficult to manage and can cause death," she said.

"Even when people aren't necessarily seeing the animals shaking or falling over there may be significant production losses with reduced.

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