Widespread Fungus Killing Cattle Throughout Missouri

Widespread Fungus Killing Cattle Throughout Missouri

Missouri farmers are reporting cattle deaths from widespread Ergot infection in pasture grasses.
MISSOURI--- Missouri farmers are reporting cattle deaths from widespread Ergot infection in pasture grasses. The wet and cool weather followed by the heat and humidity created ideal conditions for the fungus throughout the state.

The University of Missouri Extension says producer should move their cattle or live stock from any infected fields. In addition, they should also inspect stored hay for Ergot.

"Just go out and look at the seed head, and instead of a normal seed in every place where there should be one, sometimes you'll see a dark charcoal growth that looks like a mouse dropping, and that is Ergot body," said Craig Roberts, MU Extension Forage Specialist.

The University of Missouri Extension say some symptoms include cattle appearing to suffer from heat stress, malaise, rapid breathing, and or sloughing of the switches of tails and tips of ears.
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