Paspalum staggers

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Paspalum Staggers

Paspalum staggers is a neurological disease in cattle which occurs from ingestion of dallis grass (Paspalum dilatatum) containing the sclerotium (ergot) of Claviceps paspali. This condition very closely resembles ryegrass staggers, which is caused by ingestion of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne).

It is common in cattle grazing on pastures dominated by paspalum grass; the seedheads become infected with toxic sclerotia of C. paspali. The major toxins produced by C. paspali are tremorgenic indolediterpenes.

Risk Factors

  • Allowing cattle to graze on pastures that contain paspalum plants (Paspalum dilatatum)

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