The Solution to Fescue Toxicosis is Discovered at Last!

I recently got an email from a colleague asking me if I had heard of the new protein tub with a feed additive that is the ultimate solution to the problem of fescue toxicosis.  I followed up and looked at the advertising and at the research that evaluated the supplement product containing the newly discoveredContinue reading “The Solution to Fescue Toxicosis is Discovered at Last!”

Pasture renovation improves forage quality for schools horses

Horses at a Central Kentucky career and technical high school have lush paddocks to graze on this school year thanks to help from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.   Locust Trace AgriScience Center is a school in Lexington that introduces high school students in Fayette and Woodford counties to many agriculture disciplines. Equine science is one of theContinue reading “Pasture renovation improves forage quality for schools horses”

The Strength to Change

Working the land makes agricultural producers farm strong, but pivoting to new, unfamiliar practices takes a different kind of strength. The strength to change. There is gym strong and then there is farm strong. Gym strong looks good. Weights, trainers, protein drinks and persistence sculpt a magazine-ready physique. There’s nothing wrong with gym strong. FarmContinue reading “The Strength to Change”

Hay could be in short supply next winter

Have you started thinking about next winter’s hay supply? The question seems ludicrous given that we are in the beginning of the hay making season. But is it? Kenny Burdine doesn’t think so. The extension agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky says it’s never too early to plan for winter hay needs, especially thisContinue reading “Hay could be in short supply next winter”

Triple Creek Journal: May should be our best month!

May should be the best month for a grazier in our region.  You never know about April; where we are on the NC/VA border, April often “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” just as the saying goes.  We usually can enjoy turning out by April 15.  The first couple ofContinue reading “Triple Creek Journal: May should be our best month!”

From Villain to Superhero: A Crabgrass Story

As temperatures begin to warm up across the state, our warm season pastures are beginning to green up and many are in the process of determining what forages will be utilized for the next few months.  The pastures throughout Georgia are dominated by warm season perennial forages bermudagrass or bahiagrass, that are relied on heavilyContinue reading “From Villain to Superhero: A Crabgrass Story”

Just how ‘hot’ is tall fescue?

It is expected that the vast majority of tall fescue in Georgia and other places in the U.S. is infected by the toxic endophyte, but there is a lack of clear and precise information about the nature and extent of endophyte infection in the tall fescue stands. To address this lack of information, we conductedContinue reading “Just how ‘hot’ is tall fescue?”

Novel Endophyte Fescue Conversion begins in the spring

Kentucky 31 (K31) tall fescue is without question the dominant forage species and cultivar in Missouri and it is for good reason. E.N. Fergus, forage specialist from the University of Kentucky in the 1930s and 1940s, did a great favor for the livestock industry, when he propagated K31 fescue. Fescue in general is palatable withContinue reading “Novel Endophyte Fescue Conversion begins in the spring”

Evaluating costs and benefits of renovating endophyte-infected pastures

Nearly 98% of Missouri’s pastureland is tall fescue infected with an endophyte that can cause fescue toxicosis in grazing livestock. Fescue toxicosis lowers reproduction rates, milk production, gain and weaning weights. It also causes health problems, including lameness and heat stress. By replacing toxic fescue with other forages, producers eliminate animal exposure to the harmfulContinue reading “Evaluating costs and benefits of renovating endophyte-infected pastures”