Inter-seeding Legumes into Fescue
High quality pastures are key to maintaining growth and health of animals in livestock grazing systems.
Objectives: 1) To lessen the need for commercial fertilizer, and 2) Reverse the negative impact of the endophyte-infected fescure pastures in beef cattle production.
The coordinator used a no-till drill to inter-seed legumes into fescue pastures, ran soil tests prior to seeding and after establishment, gathered data on forage quality and quanitity, and compared pre- and post-seeding cattle gains.
Results: A dry spring and summer resulted in poor stands of newly seeded legumes. The coordinator pre-seeded in the autumn of 1999, and the project was extended for one year for establishment for new seedings and data collection.