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Growth of cool season grasses, common in central Virginia (orchardgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, timothy, tall fescue, brome, etc.), slows when the season turns hot and dry. Feeding livestock hay during a summer slump can relieve grazing stress on the grass, helping to extend grazing in the fall.See these articles for more info!extension.psu.edu/avoid-overgrazing-your-pastures cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0145/8808/4272/files/A3902.pdf (pg. 15) ...
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Tall Fescue is the predominant forage in Virginia, however many tall fescue plants are infected by an endophyte. Infected plants contain alkaloids that can cause fescue toxicity in cattle resulting in reduced weight gain, lower calving rates, and lower milk production. Management strategies include; timely grazing to keep plants at vegetative stage, grazing endophyte infected tall fescue less in the summer months and stockpile for fall, or introducing legumes and other forage species to dilute endophyte infected tall fescue. See the resources below for more information and more management strategies. 🌾Tall Fescue, Endophytes and Alkaloids, and Fescue Toxicosis:www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/spes/spes-114/SPES-114.pdf🌾Making the Most of Tall Fescue in Virginia:www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/418/418-050/418-050_pdf.pdf#farming #agriculture #VAagriculture #TJSWCD #Conservation #Virginia #cville #grazing #cattle ...
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