Best Simmental or Angus bulls for the fescue belt

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Re: Best Simmental or Angus bulls for the fescue belt

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:48 am

talltimber wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
R V wrote:This is also a subject that I have been watching and working with for years. My best luck with Angus has been an elderly farmer in Arkansas. His cattle are mostly Emulous and linebred. I don't have any experience with Simmental that work here. I have tried a couple from Iowa, but with no luck. Other cattle that work here are Danny Miller's Herefords, the Mashonas and it seems like most of the more moderate Charolais cattle have worked here. I would like to purchase a few older Charolais cows that work on fescue as I am down to one older cow and one older bull and their sons.


I am sure you know this. Southwest Missouri has the highest endophyte toxicity level tests recorded in the Nation. You have a challenge. Fire Sweep Simmental is in SW Missouri. They seem to weather the high toxicity fairly well.

Link for this, please.

I talked with Tim Schnakenberg this morning (he is the agronomy specialist for our area). The study in not published yet, but should be in the next few weeks. Here is what he could tell me;
Fescue is measured in Total Ergot Alkoloids. A range of 2000 to 3000 PPB (parts per billion) is considered "moderate". Lawrence County (the county I live in, and the SW Center is located in) averaged 4238 PPB. The SW Research center, just miles from my farm, averaged 6200 PPM, with most samples above 7000 PPM and the highest sample at 10,167 PPM.
Sorry this image is hard to see. If anyone wants to direct message me an email address, I can send the original document (it is a PDF, and I can not upload a PDF here).
I hope that helps clarify some.

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Re: Best Simmental or Angus bulls for the fescue belt

Postby talltimber » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:52 am

Thank you. I am curious what our level could be expected to be here. I was hoping for a general zone layout like what appears to be shown on the US map. It seems to be pretty intense here at times.
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