Freezing Cows Die from Fescue Foot; No Known Cure, but Prevention Work

Freezing Cows Die from Fescue Foot; No Known Cure, but Prevention Work

Duane Dailey

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Reports of "fescue foot" causing loss of cows are coming in, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. In severe cold weather, cows eating toxic fescue, a widely used pasture grass, suffer frozen feet with lost hooves. In one case a Missouri a producer lost five cows out of a herd of 30. Other cases, less severe, are being reported.

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