Cattle Diseases: Fescue Foot

Cattle Diseases: Fescue Foot

Glenn Selk, Kent Barnes, Oklahoma State University

Fescue toxicity (fescue foot and summer slump syndrome) is a non-infectious disease occasionally seen in cattle grazing tall fescue pastures. Fescue foot is more often seen in cold weather in thin cattle grazing stockpiled forage. Although the incidence of fescue foot in a herd can be very high, the total number of cattle affected each year is quite low compared to the numbers of cattle grazing fescue. The outward signs vary in severity, and some animals may suffer reduced performance without showing visible symptoms.

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