We investigated the impact of the applied cooling and feeding method on the microstructure and metallurgical quality of castings made from WE43 magnesium alloy. Six identical plates with dimensions of 100x50x20 mm were sand cast for use as samples. Each casting was fed and cooled in a different way. The solid solution grain size was evaluated quantitatively using the Met-Ilo software program, and casting defects were observed using a scanning electron microscope Hitachi S3400N. The finest solid solution grain was observed in the castings with only the coolers applied. Non-metallic inclusions were observed in each plate. The smallest shrinkage porosity was observed in the castings with feeders applied.