Originally Posted by Kincsem
If the fescue hay has toxic endophytes it can affect any animal that eats it not just pregnant mares. Some animals are more sensitive to the toxin than others. It can make all kinds of animals ill that eat it and shorten their life spans. It can negatively affect fertility in stallions. It can cause fescue foot in cows and cause them not to have milk for their calves. Calves or foals that get nothing else will grow poorly. The levels of fungus can vary from year to year or month to month. The fungus is also in the fescue seed itself so when someone plants high endophyte fescue like Kentucky 31 they are planting fungus spores with the grass. There is a non toxic endophyte fescue that was developed to replace the toxic type but the seed is more expensive.
we are talking HORSES no cattle adn from reading the post I don' see a preg mare or breeding stallion
Can you post the links so I can follow this research showing how bad fescue is?? I have seen it fed for many many years and have researched it and the ONLY danger I have found is with last trimister mares