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Forage Mixtures to Minimize Deer Damage


Deer feeding can greatly reduce forage yield. Deer selectively grazed alfalfa out of alfalfa-grass mixtures and showed a preference for timothy over orchardgrass. The use of orchardgrass alone or in a mixture with alfalfa minimizes deer feeding and provides the greatest yields. However, when deer feeding occured, net economic returns were greater for alfalfa-orchardgrass mixtures because of improved quality compared to pure orchardgrass.