How To Prevent Fescue Toxicosis in Broodmares
Tall fescue is a hardy, nutrient-rich forage found on 40 million acres across North America. This pasture grass, however, can cause fescue toxicosis in pregnant mares, leading to pregnancy losses and reduced reproductive efficiency. So, breeders go to great lengths to keep late-term broodmares off tall fescue. It’s most prevalent in temperate southern regions.
Consider all tall fescue endophyte-infected unless proven otherwise. If you have concerns about fescue toxicosis, your veterinarian and local extension specialist are your best sources of information specific to your region.
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