Preparation and Planting of Winter Annual Forages

Edward Twidwell, Alison, Jr, Montgomery W. "Wink"  |  10/20/2016 8:31:25 PM

Why should Louisiana livestock producers plant winter annual forage crops? The main reason is that these crops grow and provide grazing during the cool-season when bermudagrass and bahiagrass pastures are dormant and unproductive. These crops are high in nutritive quality, so can provide enhanced animal performance as well as decrease the dependence on stored forages such as hay and silage and decrease feed expense. These crops can be used to winter the breeding herd, develop herd replacements and also to grow out lightweight calves to heavier weights.

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