Fescue is a commonly available forage and hay in the southeastern (and many other parts!) of the United States. However, as the cattle and horse guys have already found out, endophyte containing fescue can be tricky when fed to ruminants. I feed fescue hay for the majority of my goats’ diet, and here’s some of the problems I’ve encountered and a little of what the scientific literature says about feeding fescue.
WHAT IS ENDOPHYTE FESCUE (versus ‘endophyte free’)?
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO FEED FESCUE?
Your pastures are fescue!
Fescue is a readily available and extremely affordable hay!
PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH FEEDING FESCUE
Decreased breeding success
Decreased growth of young stock
Heat wave issues