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fescue toxicosis

A malady in cattle that commonly occurs during summer grazing of endophyte infected tall fescue. Symptoms include rough hair coat, low weight gain or milk production, rapid breathing, excess salivation, increased body temperature, depressed serum-prolactin levels, poor conception rates, and general unthrifty condition. Cattle spend an inordinate amount of time in shade or water, or wallow in the mud if accessible. This malady is directly linked to ergopeptine alkaloids.
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