MaxQ Tall Fescue Grass - Safe For Horse Pastures & Hay
Fescue toxicity has long been an issue for horses, sheep and cattle. Endophyte-free varieties of Tall Fescue Grass were developed, but they suffered from reduced plant hardiness and
survival. MaxQ was developed by researchers in New Zealand who were searching for a way to reduce the negative aspects of tall fescue grass while retaining the strengths.
Instead of trying to take
an endophyte-free plant and make it more persistent, they decided to develop an endophyte-infected plant that was non-toxic. The New Zealand group then began to work with researchers at
The University of Georgia and The University of Tennessee. The result was MaxQ Tall Fescue Grass Seed, which produces the natural endophytes needed for drought, insect, and disease resistance but does not
produce the alkaloids that caused animal problems. Read more about University study results involving
MaxQ Tall Fescue Grass and Horses.
Having pasture grass persistence and improved animal performance in the same tall fescue grass may have once been a dream -- with MaxQ® from Pennington Seed it appears that the dream has come true.
Non-toxic Endophyte Tall Fescue Offers Health Improvements
MaxQ®, a non-toxic endophyte Tall Fescue grass introduced
to the cattle industry by Pennington Seed over10 years ago is performing
exceptionally well and offers similar benefits to the horse
For over 10 years now , cattlemen across
the Southeast and Midwest have been able to witness the
exceptional performance of MaxQ® in tall fescue. Reports coming
in from a number of grazing trials across the Southeast have
already proven that MaxQ® is a golden opportunity for the
serious cattle producer.
When managed properly, MaxQ® has
proven itself in toughness and persistence under extreme
conditions such as drought and heavy grazing during drought
conditions. It will also eliminate the problems associated with
fescue toxicity. This ensures an immediate and long-lasting
improvement in the overall health of the herd. This is exactly
what the cattle producer is looking for -- higher average daily
weight gains, increased productivity and greater profit potential.
Similar health benefits have been recorded in horses through
extensive university testing.
Traditionally, pregnant mares are removed
from fescue pastures due to problems associated with fescue
toxicity, which affects gestation and milk production and causes
dystocia (foaling difficulty). These difficulties have long been
associated with inadequate preparation of the reproductive tract,
sometimes leading to prolonged gestation and fetal malpresentation.
Mississippi State University concerning the effects of MaxQ ® on
pregnant mares appear to be just as positive as the benefits of
MaxQ ® to the cattle industry. There has been no
negative impacts on mares grazing on the non-toxic endophyte fescue,
while severe problems have developed in those grazing on
traditional fescue infected with toxic endophytes.
Researcher Dr. Peter Ryan of MSU noted the following
results of horses grazing on toxic fescue vs. horses grazing on MaxQ Tall Fescue Pasture Grass:
- Mares on the toxic fescues were shown to develop heavier
placentas. This serious condition causes unborn foals to have
difficulty receiving oxygen through the thick placenta. Mares
grazing on MaxQ® fescue did not show the thickening of the
- All pregnant mares on toxic fescue showed no mammary gland
development while mares on MaxQ® showed normal mammary
- The gland responsible for milk production in pregnant mares
grazing on toxic fescue also showed lower prolactin gland
hormone levels. These mares showed dramatically lower milk
levels than average. Pregnant mares on MaxQ® were
unaffected by prolactin gland hormone changes.
- Foaling dates of the mares on the toxic fescues were up to
three weeks later than expected. The birthing of these foals
was very difficult and all births were assisted. In contrast,
the mares grazing the MaxQ® all foaled close to expected
Read more information on MaxQ Tall Fescue Grass here on Fescue.com:
Also visit our informational website http://www.farmseeds.com/info/maxq.html for more on MaxQ and horses.
Sources: Pennington Seed, Inc. & Seedland.com
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