Forage typically accounts for more than half the production costs — and most of the nutrition — of forage-consuming animals. Writing in the Ohio Beef Cattle Letter, Auburn's Don Ball, Georgia's Carl Hoveland, and Kentucky's Garry Lacefield offer these keys to a profitable forage program.

  • Know forage options and animal nutritional needs.
  • Establishment is critical.
  • Soil test, then lime and fertilize as needed.
  • Use legumes when feasible.
  • Emphasize forage quality.
  • Prevent or minimize pests and plant-related disorders.
  • Strive to improve pasture utilization.
  • Minimize stored feed requirements.
  • Reduce storage and feeding losses.
  • Results require investments.