Livestock grazing is one of the most efficient uses of sunlight. The animal’s rumen links sustainability and profit in managed grazing. Livestock thrive when the processes which nurture a self-sustaining soil are used over time.
Union Forage offers proprietary plant material of both designations, bred for palatability, regrowth potential, and high biomass production. The cool season portfolio extends feed quality into the summer. Cool season plants are defined by a higher digestible energy and slower summer growth. Warm season plants are defined by their higher biomass production in temperatures above 25 degrees celsius. The warm season portfolio offers higher digestibility and lower lignin, with biomass production.
We offer annual cover and grazing crop mixtures of several species. We also have a large catalogue of perennial pasture mixes. These mixes include far more species than traditional forage seed blenders, giving pastures the advantage of different plant growth habits and offering animals a variety of feeds close together.
We are unique in offering specalized annual forages such as plantain, brassicas, frost-tolerant Italian ryegrass and sorghums developed in New Zealand and in Holland.
The brassicas, relatives of canola and turnips, are quick-growing — forage rape reaches full size in 40 days — frost tolerant, and thrive in the short and shortening days of fall.
Some, like forage rape and grazing turnups, freeze green and don’t lose nutrients when the mature plants freeze. Brassicas and sorghums seeded in early spring can produce a couple of months early for mid-summer grazing and then regrow to provide more grazing in fall. A frost early in the year doesn’t hurt brassicas and should there be a drought, or other type of stress - they wait until conditions improve and then take off again.
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