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Forage Mixtures to Minimize Deer Damage


Literature Summary

Alfalfa is a prime feed source for both dairy cows and non-domesticated, white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania. Damage to alfalfa by deer can be great. Numerous attempts have been made to deter deer from feeding on alfalfa and other crops but they have generally proven unsatisfactory because of high costs and/or ineffectiveness. Several researchers have reported that deer prefer alfalfa to forage grasses. However, the use of alfalfa-grass mixtures to deter deer from feeding on forage has been untested.