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rye grass staggers


Definition: occurs in sheep, cattle, horses; signs include tremors and ataxia; affected animals may collapse. Perennial rye grass pastures may die or wilt in dry spells and are colonized by fungi such as those in the Aspergillus genus that produce potent mycotoxins with tremorogenic properties. Geographic distribution includes North America, Europe, and Australia.

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