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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution: Tall Fescue Replacement Information

Earlier this year, Matt Poore, cattle farmer, Professor and Extension Ruminant Nutrition Specialist made a New Year’s resolution to convert acres of toxic tall fescue to novel endophyte fescue on his farm. I jumped on the bandwagon and made the same resolution. Even though the non-toxic seed that completes these…
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Successful Tall Fescue Conversion – Part II

(Part I of this series article can be found in the March 2021 edition of the Forage Team Newsletter.) Conversion of toxic Kentucky-31 pastures and hayfields to a non-toxic, novel endophyte variety represents one of the most financially beneficial decisions available to livestock producers in areas where tall fescue is…
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Successful Tall Fescue Conversion – Part 1

In the Piedmont and northern Georgia, UGA Extension recommends planting tall fescue between September 1 and October 15. So, why discuss planting in March? In areas where tall fescue is adapted, conversion of toxic Kentucky-31 pastures and hayfields to a non-toxic, novel endophyte variety represents one of the most financially…
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Successful stockpiling takes planning

Calving percentage is widely recognized as the variable having the greatest impact on profitability of a cow-calf operation.  Because expenditures for feed are so large, minimizing those costs is perhaps the next most important strategy to enhance profitability.  Expenditures for hay or baleage and supplements usually represent the largest portion of the total feed budget.  Most of those expenses are for winter feed.

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Managing tall fescue toxicosis

By Adam Speir Madison County CEC Tall Fescue is a forage workhorse for livestock producers from north Georgia to New England. It is a cool-season perennial grass that is tolerant of many conditions, covers more than 1 million acres north of the Fall Line, and supplements bermudagrass pastures for many livestock producers from…
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