Login | Request Account (DAF staff only)

Effect of grazing sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) infected with ergot (Claviceps africana) on beef cattle

Share this record

Add to FacebookAdd to LinkedinAdd to XAdd to WechatAdd to Microsoft_teamsAdd to WhatsappAdd to Any

Export this record

View Altmetrics

Blaney, B.J., McKenzie, R.A., Josey, B.J., Ryley, M.J. and Downing, J.A. (2000) Effect of grazing sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) infected with ergot (Claviceps africana) on beef cattle. Australian Veterinary Journal, 78 (2). p. 125. ISSN 1751-0813

Full text not currently attached. Access may be available via the Publisher's website or OpenAccess link.

Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.2000.tb10542.x


14 heifers aged 3 to 4 years (Bos indicus × Bos taurus), including 9 in the second month of pregnancy, plus 9 steers aged about 14 months (Bos taurus) were grazed on sorghum infected with C. africana ergot for 28 days. Estimated average daily dry matter intake over the trial period was 9.0 kg. Daily alkaloid intakes (mostly dihydroergosine) were estimated to be about 35 mg/head. Over the course of the trial, there was a slight decline in body weight of the heifers, which averaged 405 kg initially and 400 kg after 28 days. The weight of the steers averaged 283 initially and 295 kg after 28 days (an apparent gain of 0.4 kg/day). Plasma prolactin concentrations (whole herd) of 140 mg/litre were reduced to 79 mg/litre after 14 days of grazing and were 93 mg/litre after 28 days. These changes in steers (decrease after 14 days and increase from 14 to 28 days) were both significant. There also were reductions in mean prolactin concentrations in both pregnant and non-pregnant heifers after 14 days grazing, but these were not significant. The steers had lower prolactin concentrations than the heifers and showed a greater response to grazing. No clinical abnormalities were detected in any of the cattle.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Primary Industries, Queensland
Subjects:Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Animal culture > Cattle > Meat production
Live Archive:03 Jan 2024 03:31
Last Modified:03 Jan 2024 03:31

Repository Staff Only: item control page