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BRIEF: Can fescue grow in Florida?


QUESTION:
We live in Florida and recently had a mare give birth to a weak foal that only lived about 30 hours. The vet said that the mare had suffered from premature placenta separation. He said she appeared to be perfectly healthy and her colostrom was tested and found to be excellent. I have heard that fescue can cause this problem. Can fescue grow in Florida?

ANSWER:

Fescue can grow in Florida and weak foals can be the result of many factors, including plant poisons. Extreme hot weather is another contributing factor.