What Kinds of Forages Are Good in Grassfed Systems?

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  1. We grass finish also using brassicas in Northern Nova Scotia overlooking the Northumberland Strait of the Gulf of St.Lawrence. By far the best fattening, what have become permanent pastures, some out of corn and grain fields over the last forty years, are predominantly a wild white clover and bluegrass,never seeded by me in 44 years of farming it with cattle and grassland husbandry. They also contain Timothy and many other medicinal weeds such as yarrow, plantain and dandelion. Read somewhere many years ago that the white clover gives 70% volume of Timothy with 130% of gain with annual ryegrass the opposite. It is about right in my experience. Working with nature and compensatory gain from outwintering we get 3.5lb gain average in 150 days of best grazing.

  2. We farm in the wet side of Washington state and run our entire herd together on a strip grazing program in fields planted to Orchard grass, alfalfa and a bit of red clover. Our British cross breeds gain very well without any grain and regularly yield 800+ carcass weights at 24 months. Marbling is very good, as good as any grass fed beef I’ve seen. They are always “on the gain” year round.

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