Furthermore, as forage plants mature, their phosphorus content declines, making mature and weathered forages a poor source. Phosphorus deficiency can also affect the quality of cattle’s bones and teeth. There is also a trend towards the use of lower phosphorus crops being fed to cattle. A dietary phosphorus deficiency can affect milk production, feed consumption and animal performance. And, in some areas low in phosphorus, cattle … Eating dirt was often associated with a phosphorus deficiency in cattle and somewhere along the line, phosphorus became associated as “a health and breeder mineral.” Consequently, feeding phosphorus to dairy cows, over and above their essential phosphorus requirement for maintenance, reproduction and milk production became the mainstay of dairy ration balancing. Deficiencies of phosphorus have long been associated with reproductive problems with cattle, and in many cases phosphorus was overfed as a hedge against these problems (Fluharty, 2005). The initial effect of a phosphorus deficiency is a fall in blood plasma phosphate levels, followed by the response mechanism of calcium and phosphorus being withdrawn from the animal’s bones. Low phosphorus levels in cattle can be tolerated for a short amount of time but if the deficiency is seen for a long time, it can cause serious problems. Primary phosphorus deficiency in phosphorus-deficient range areas and vitamin D deficiency in calves housed for long periods are the common circumstances. FOR many producers in northern Australia, phosphorus (P) deficiency is a serious nutritional issue for cattle herds and can cause major losses in productivity and profitability. Prevention of deficiency requires the adequate dietary provision of calcium, but young birds should not be fed a high calcium layer diet as an excess of dietary calcium can tie up phosphorus making it unavailable, and may result in rickets. The balance between calcium and phosphorous is key. Phosphorus may be deficient in some beef cattle rations, because roughages often are low in phosphorus. One of the issues that can occur with the health of the cattle due to a phosphorous deficiency is that their appetite is reduced. Much of the soil in northern Australia is naturally low in phosphorus, leading to deficiency in cattle. Occurs if cattle consume <0.5g P/kg dry matter. The rumen will likely be phosphorus deficient before the animal’s body has mobilized bone reserves. Cattle normally have adequate phosphorus intake due to high phosphorus fertilizers being used, but as this changes, so will the amount of available phosphorus. History of very limited superphosphate application on soils naturally deficient in phosphorus. Phosphorus is found in many parts of the animal's body, and is an important part of energy transfer. Lactating cows and young growing cattle. 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