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In the past few weeks, there have had several cases of liver disease in the Northern Virginia area from horses grazing Fall Panicum Grass. Fall Panicum is a warm season, annual grass that causes liver disease in horses under certain growing conditions. Toxicity can result from Fall Panicum in both pasture and hay. In 2004, fourteen horses were diagnosed with liver disease attributed to Fall Panicum hay. The trigger that causes toxicity and the amount necessary to cause illness are not well understood, thus proper identification and immediate removal from the diet are essential for recovery.  Visually, Fall Panicum can be easily confused with other warm season grasses but the combined: alternating (and angled) leaf blades, early-emerging seed heads forming a “fireworks” pattern, and a prevalent mid-rib/vein on the leaf blades (easy to feel on the back of the leaf) are telling.  As the grass matures, the seed head will open to extend yellow seeds at the tips of the main branches/panicle.  The fact sheet at this link provides a photograph of Fall Panicum and further information:

3 comments for “LCEA News Blog

  1. locoequine
    September 28, 2015 at 6:59 am

    The next meeting of Loudoun County Equine Alliance is tonight at pm at the Best Western inn Leesburg. Dr. Michael Erskine will be giving us an update on new changes to the EMC. This meeting is open to all who are interested in attending

  2. locoequine
    October 9, 2015 at 7:51 am

    LCEA has a booth at the 61st Annual Fall Races at Glenwood Park this Saturday October 10.
    Will YOU be there?
    Stop by our booth to learn more about what LCEA can offer you.

  3. locoequine
    October 28, 2015 at 7:54 am

    The Beaverdam Reservoir project will be ongoing throughout 2018. NOVA Parks will be overseeing the recreational uses and management. They are seeking continual public input about recreational activities. If you are interested in equestrian access, please take the time to comment on the following site.

    Please share

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