Pasture Planning For Winter Forages
Grazing is generally the least expensive way to feed livestock. Forages and management systems that extend the grazing season can increase profit. Gulf Coast states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) usually have very mild winters. Spring and summer droughts can reduce late-fall and early-winter pasture production. Depending on rainfall, cool-season annual and perennial species can provide high-quality grazing during this season.
You must know how to establish and manage annual forages to maintain successful winter pastures. Availability of winter forage depends on a number of environmental conditions, like rainfall and temperature. However, seeding rates, planting methods, and fertilization also affect when, how much, and how often the established forage can be grazed.
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