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It’s More Than Corn: Pasture Talk

Having discussed feedstuffs and ration formulation it is now time to talk about pastures, an essential component in the cattle business.

By definition, a pasture is an area of land which there is growth of forage which livestock may graze at will. Good pastures have ample growth of lush, green, nutritious, actively growing forage from which livestock can eat all they can consume in a relatively short period of time. Pastures vary greatly, depending on type, growing conditions and stage of maturity.

Legumes and Nonlegumes

 

Red Clover, Legume
Red Clover, Legume
Fescue, Nonlegume

Fescue, Nonlegume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A legume is a plant which has the capacity to harbor nitrifying bacteria in its roots and is able to meet at least part, if not all, of its own nitrogen needs. A nonlegume is dependent upon outside sources of nitrogen. Read more…

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