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post #11 of 13 Old 03-15-2012, 01:10 AM
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Sorry Anebel, I don't know where you are or what your definition of Northern is. I'm in Western Washington and that's Northern to me, but then you might be referring to Alberta, Canada and that's a lot colder Northern.
The problem with the fungus is that the disease is most concentrated in the seed head. The infection started out way back in the '40s but no one knew about it until the mid '70s and by then it was all over the place. The reason it's a bigger concern for southern climates like the OP's is because the infected strains have a better survival rate there so it's pretty well dug in, harder and more expensive to replace with non infected strains. All that said, it leaves us with about 40 years of a very popular grass seed making it's way all over the place.
I guess the only way to know for certain if there is a concern is to have your grass analyzed.
I hope that helped a little.
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-15-2012, 06:42 AM
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If there is any doubt about your fescue, talk to your vet about Equidone. It's a pretty new prescription that neutralized the effects of fescue mold. Per the literature, you typically give for the 10-15 days before foaling and can continue to 5 days after foaling. We haven't tried it (yet), but it would sure beat having to switch a pregnant mare off fescue.
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-15-2012, 12:26 PM
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Cornel University article
This is a really good article on the fescue problem. Wanted to include it here. Hope it will be helpful info for someone in the future.
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