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DTN Weekly Distillers Grains Update
Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:17 AM CDT

Farmers and ranchers who battle fescue and its toxic effect on cattle may find diluting cattle diets with supplements such as dried distillers grains can be effective.

Fescue can house an endophyte, the toxin ergovaline, which has been linked to a number of issues in cattle, such as long, heavy haircoats, according to Patrick Davis, University of Missouri livestock specialist in southwest Missouri. Cattle with heavy coats typically do not shed off their winter coats as easily, which can make it difficult for the animal to dissipate heat, a serious problem during the heat of summer.

Fescue can also cause ...

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