Problems with Fescue Grass Hay?

Problems with Fescue Grass Hay?

Post by Rochelle Love » Sat, 06 May 1995 04:00:00


I'm looking for information in regard to feeding horses Fescue hay. Does
anyone know of any problems atributed to the use? Is there anything toxic
about it?  Any information would be appreciated. I use Timothy but have found
it scarce here the last months before season starts back up. I have located a
plentiful source of Fescue, and don't know a thing about it.

Please help,

Thanks
Rochelle Lovell


My opinions are mine alone, not intel's, etc.


 
 
 

Problems with Fescue Grass Hay?

Post by Greg Mey » Sat, 06 May 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> I'm looking for information in regard to feeding horses Fescue hay. Does
> anyone know of any problems atributed to the use? Is there anything toxic
> about it?  Any information would be appreciated. I use Timothy but have found
> it scarce here the last months before season starts back up. I have located a
> plentiful source of Fescue, and don't know a thing about it.

Fescue may not be the best thing to be feeding your horse. The fescue
plant often has a fungus that grows on it that produces a toxin that is
related to LSD. The toxin causes *** things like aglactia (no milk in
mares), prolonged gestations, stillbirths, and thickened placentas. In
cattle fescue foot (a type of dermatitis) is common in cattle grazed on
fescue pastures and there are a few reports of this being seen in horses.

hope this helps

Greg Meyer
Mississippi State University
College of Veterinary Medicine           "At the sound of hoof beats

My opinions are my own!
All standard disclaimers apply.

 
 
 

Problems with Fescue Grass Hay?

Post by kSHecke » Sun, 07 May 1995 04:00:00

Rochelle Lovell,
  You asked about problems with using Fescue as hay.  A friend of mine had
a mare that was carrying, and she was fed on fescue almost exclusivly.
When she foaled, the sack was too thick, and the foal couldn't break out.
Since she foaled unattended, the foal suffocated.  One suggestion as to
why the sack was too tough was the fact that she had been fed fescue while
she was carrying.  She had foaled twice before without any complications,
so we knew that the tough sack was characteristic of her births.  I don't
know if fescue was the reason that her sack was too think, but you asked
for any information about this subject.

Shauna Hecker.

 
 
 

Problems with Fescue Grass Hay?

Post by Tntigere » Mon, 08 May 1995 04:00:00

  I have three horses on 80 acres of fescue. One 10y/o TB gelding, one 7
month old QH filly and one AQHA Mare IN FOAL! I had always heard that
preg. mares should not be given ANY fescue, However after consulting many
equine vets in this area, I was told it was ok to let her have it  until 3
months before expected delivery. As for the other 2 horses I was told it
was fine and safe.

                                                                     Cindy
in TN.

 
 
 

Problems with Fescue Grass Hay?

Post by Robert Ballantyn » Tue, 09 May 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> I'm looking for information in regard to feeding horses Fescue hay. Does
> anyone know of any problems atributed to the use? Is there anything toxic
> about it?  Any information would be appreciated. I use Timothy but have found
> it scarce here the last months before season starts back up. I have located a
> plentiful source of Fescue, and don't know a thing about it.
> Thanks
> Rochelle Lovell

The problem with fescue grass is the endophyte that inhabits much
of it.  The endophyte gives off toxins that are not compatable with
pregnant mares.  It also makes cows feet sore.  

I have all my pastures in endobuster, an Oregon tall fescue certified
endophyte free.  We have had good luck with it so far.  I love the forage
it produces.  Plus its draught resistant.  There is no other fescue in the
area or I would not have planted it.  Infected fescue will ***
out the endofree in about two years.  The endophyte can not infect an
endo free plant.  The toxins make the endophyte infected grass
stronger. Bugs wont eat it.

I have some stuff on the new paste tube that eliminates the problems
the endophyte causes in pregnant mares.  I will try to post it Tuesday for
you.

Bob    

 
 
 

Problems with Fescue Grass Hay?

Post by Robert Ballantyn » Wed, 10 May 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> I'm looking for information in regard to feeding horses Fescue hay. Does
> anyone know of any problems atributed to the use? Is there anything toxic
> about it?  Any information would be appreciated. I use Timothy but have found
> it scarce here the last months before season starts back up. I have located a
> plentiful source of Fescue, and don't know a thing about it.

I had responded earlier to your request for Fescue information.  The
paper that I was refering to is "Equine Fescue Toxicosis: Signs and
Solutions"  Authors D.L. Cross, L.M. Redmond and J.R. Strickland.

This study was done at Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0361.
It was recieved April 11, 1994 and accepted October 5, 1994.  It was
presented at the ASAS 85th Annual Metting in Spokane, WA.

Your best bet is to contact D. L. Cross Phd at Clemson University. Sorry
I do not have an e-mail for him or a phone number.  The Feb. Equus
has the phone number listed under Fescue break through.

Hope this helps,  Sorry I have not scanned it in to my data base yet.

Bob