If you think grazing is only about grass, well, think again.

A Guide to Feed Values of Alternative Feeds and Weeds

This downloadable PDF guide provides you with the energy and protein content for 30 different alternative feedstuffs and weeds all in one place. 

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Ruminant animals, small and large, are capable of converting a wide variety of plant materials including vegetables, cover crops and alfalfa aftermath into nutrients for animal and soil health. This presentation will take a close look at alternative crops as a feed source for ruminant livestock, particularly sheep. Adding sheep to a farming operation, whether through ownership or a “Rent a Ruminant” program can create a win-win for both farmers and livestock growers alike. Sheep can offer a high value solution to soil improvement, weed reduction, reduced mechanical use and aftermath clean up when used in a holistic farming model.

In this presentation you will learn:

  • Benefits of grazing aftermath and cover crops for soil and animals.
  • The nutrient benefits for livestock of a wide variety of crops including alfalfa aftermath, winter squash,  carrots, onions, sorghum-sudan, green pea waste and many more.
  • Where to source alternative feedstuffs.
  • What equipment is needed for successful and safe sheep grazing.
  • Pitfalls and traps to avoid when grazing sheep.
  • What aftermath and cover crop grazing with sheep can do for your bottom line.
  • What risks are associated with certain crops and how to mitigate them.
  • What feeds are energy feeds and what are protein feeds.
  • How weeds become an asset in your grazing plan.
  • How to build relationships with farmer partners that are interested in having their property grazed. What free nutrients sheep add to your soil and how it saves you money.

“This has been the most useful video I’ve seen on your (University of Idaho) channel. More grass finishing based videos is always highly appreciated.”

                                                                                                                          Robert K.

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