Hay questions?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by myfavgoats, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. myfavgoats

    myfavgoats New Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    I wanted to know that if fescue mixture of 20 or 30 percent of brome... Is safe for the goats to eat?? Becuz I am worried... Someone told me that fescue will cause the goats have toxin... Is that true?? If it is true then I wont buy it.. Please let me know.. Thanks for input.
  2. enjoytheride

    enjoytheride New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Humboldt Co Ca
    My only experience has been with horses- fescue does sometimes carry a toxin produced by a fungus that grows on it. That toxin can cause abortions in pregnant horses. It also causes a shortness of breath in one of my horses so I avoid it.
    I don't know whether anyone has studied the effect on goats.
    Not all fescue has this toxin, and there is a kind of fescue that does not produce this toxin.
    If I had no pregnant animals, I would not hesitate to feed fecsue of any kind. It's good hay.

  3. Shelly

    Shelly New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Is Far is I know is long is it's cut before the first frost it's fine. Something happens after the first frost that turns it poisonous. I know if we plant it for spring and summer grazing it's alway turn under before the first frost. I don't believe it has a high nutritional level. I can ask my dad today when I see him. He knows more about hay then me. Sorry I can't be of more help. Shelly
  4. fritzie

    fritzie New Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    in tn most every thing is fescue. when i first moved here in jan 2006 my does were going to kid in april. it is the first time i ever had any birthing problums. my vet here in tn told me it was the fescue that did it & there milk production was way down. it can cause very thick saks,miscarrigas & loss of milk to name a few things. the vet told me that once they were use to it they should be all right. we will see this year. when i by hay i try to get anything but fescue.