Topics : Pastures : Grazing Alfalfa
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Establishing Alfalfa for Grazing
Alfalfa grazing is not new. Alfalfa has been grazed alone or in mixtures with grasses and other legumes since its introduction into the United States. Compared with other management systems, however, grazing alfalfa has never been a widespread practice in this country. While alfalfa has been used extensively as a grazing crop in other countries, grazing of alfalfa in this country traditionally has been relegated to a clean-up operation in the fall.
Grazing systems to optimize alfalfa's grazing potential requires a higher level of management than do some grazing systems. In spite of this, interest in grazing alfalfa has been increasing.
Establish alfalfa for grazing just as you would if it were to be used for hay or silage by following these guidelines: