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adequate time must be available for
leaf regrowth or leaf production will
be signifi cantly reduced.
Forage density also plays a signifi cant
role in the daily nutrient intake and
potential weight gain of a grazing cow.
“Research has shown that grazing
cattle take about 30,000 bites a day
during about 8 hours of grazing,”
Undersander says. “If forage is both
dense and high quality, cattle consume
more energy and protein for higher
levels of meat or milk production.”
In early spring, lush spring growth
may be high in potassium and low
in magnesium, causing grass tetany
– also known as grass staggers, milk
tetany, wheat pasture poisoning, etc.
- or pasture bloat. Pasture bloat is primarily
a problem in pastures where
legumes make up more than 50% of
the total forage.
“At a time when your pasture
is very high quality, you might
consider feeding low quality hay
along with the pasture to avoid
bloat,” Undersander says.
Once forage matures, the cow’s
rumen fi lls up more quickly – with
fi ber – and nutrient intake decreases.
Legumes signifi cantly increase the
digestibility and energy levels of perennial
pastures. Crimson clover, red and
white clover and alfalfa may all be utilized
to improve forage quality.
Some perennials and annuals work
well to fi nish cattle. Brown midrib
sorghum/sudan grass is one of
Undersander’s recommendations for
use as a counterpart to ryegrass for
hotter drier periods. Brassicas – such as
grazing turnips – are higher in protein
and can be a high-quality feed source.
“Grazing turnips can be as much as
20% protein, which is more than cattle
need,” Undersander says. “Chicory
is also a high-quality forage in its fi rst
year. The second year, when it heads
out, the quality isn’t as good.”
Different grasses can work well in
different regions to provide high quality
nutrition over winter. Ryegrass is
used worldwide and in parts of the
U.S. for a dense energy forage. In the
southern U.S. it can serve as a perennial
forage. In northern regions it
must be planted annually.
Most annual grasses are high-quality,
low-fi ber and highly digestible.
Highly fertilized species like tall fescues
can be valuable feed sources.
“You can produce good beef on
perennial forages like tall fescues and
orchardgrass,” Undersander says.
“Sorghum/sudan grasses are a good
choice for fi nishing cattle in Southern
climates. Across the west, buffalograss
is a good choice for fi nishing. The
main consideration is to use species
adapted to the local environment
and then harvest or graze them when
they’re at their highest quality stage.”
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