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Gary Bates, University of Tennessee

Start Date

27-2-1997 4:00 PM

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Animal agriculture in the southeastern U.S. is based on forages. This area has the advantage over all other sections of the nation in forage production. From Kentucky to south Florida, with a little planning forage can be grown almost 12 months a year. Forage programs in Tennessee and Kentucky are based primarily around cool-season grasses such as tall fescue and orchardgrass. These grasses grow over a long portion of the year. In fact, producers have to deal with excess forage production during the spring and fall (Fig. 1). The quality and quantity of forage during these times of the year are not a problem. Research has shown that clover/grass pastures can produce gains of 1.5 to 2 pounds a day gain on stocker calves.

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Feb 27th, 4:00 PM

Grazing Alfalfa in Tennessee: Experiences and Opportunities

Animal agriculture in the southeastern U.S. is based on forages. This area has the advantage over all other sections of the nation in forage production. From Kentucky to south Florida, with a little planning forage can be grown almost 12 months a year. Forage programs in Tennessee and Kentucky are based primarily around cool-season grasses such as tall fescue and orchardgrass. These grasses grow over a long portion of the year. In fact, producers have to deal with excess forage production during the spring and fall (Fig. 1). The quality and quantity of forage during these times of the year are not a problem. Research has shown that clover/grass pastures can produce gains of 1.5 to 2 pounds a day gain on stocker calves.