The Fear of Fescue

Is it fact or fallacy that goats can't eat fescue?

The Fear of Fescue
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 6 minutes Red bag, abortions, thickened placentas, founder, necrosis, failure to freshen — all are symptoms of fescue toxicity … and yet tall fescue is one of the most common forages for livestock in both pasture and baled grass hay.   For the record: fescue can be fed to goats. Including kids.  Troy Lohman of TNT Farms now runs almost 1,000 goats a year. “I’ve fed fescue all my life to cattle and for the 27 years I’ve had goats. It’s grazed, and excess fescue is baled and fed through the winter.”  Native to Europe, tall fescue was brought to the U.S. in the 1800s. It grows well in areas where other forages do not and are easy to maintain. It is insect-resistant, tolerates drought, cold, poor soil, foot traffic, and has a long growing season. Many producers rely on fescues for early spring and late fall grazing.   Kellen Weissenbach of Little Platte Farms has been raising goats for more than 20 years and is a fescue fan. “Fescue quickly

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

1 + 6 =