A simple treatment for rye-grass staggers?

A simple treatment for rye-grass staggers?
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A series of happy coincidences (serendipity?) has led us to a simple treatment which seems to have successfully alleviated symptoms of “rye-grass staggers” in a horse, a calf and two badly affected sheep. Although primarily engaged in a search for the causative agent(s) of rye-grass staggers, casual conversations with people having long experience of this disorder revealed many interesting observations. One of these was a racing-stable remedy for rye-grass staggers, which was the administration of “a couple of handfuls” of Epsom salts in a bran mash, with as much puha (Sonchus oleraceus) as the horse would eat…

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