Addressing concerns about red clover in pasture

The reason I think it is important to spend time on this topic is because of the tremendous impact that red clover could have on so many farms that currently have very few legumes.  If people are ‘afraid’ of red clover and exclude it from their forage system (in reasonable proportion), I believe that they will generally be poorer for it. This is long, but there have been a lot of great questions on this topic, and I wanted to address them sooner than later because the frost seeding window will probably be very narrow this year.  Here are the topics that will be covered – not all in as much detail as I would like: Are phytoestrogens really present and can/will they present a problem for my animals? Which other species can be frost-seeded, and how is that best accomplished? What other methods might work? Soil potassium and inoculation Variety – how important is it? Inoculation Frothy bloat Are phytoestrogens really present and can/will they present a problem for my animals? Yes, apparently some people even seek milk from cows fed red clover. Can it cause reproductive problems?  Yes, but it seems to be extraordinarily rare, and I am not aware of any instances of this being formally documented in the U.S.  If it has happened ever, it is probably the result of some combination of the following factors: Plant stress: Drought stress, poor soil fertility, disease pressure, and insect damage can all induce changes in plant hormone leve

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