fescue and mare

Asked July 17, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

I have a pasture that was planted in fescue over 10 years ago. I have a 7yo mare and a 2 1/2 month old filly. Will there be problems with the milk production if I turn them into my fescue pasture?

Panola County Mississippi

1 Response

Whle endophyte-infected fescue does cause lack of milk production, and unless you planted endophyte free fescue, the potential is there, at 2 1/2 months the foal has passed the 'critical' time of need for milk. And, the effect on milk production at that stage will be variable, so you might not encounter a problem. To help, feed a textured or pelleted grain to the mare that the foal likes to eat so grain becomes part of its nutrition soon. If you notice an adrupt decrease in milk production of the mare, you can go to the trouble of creep feeding the foal separate from the mare.