PERENNIAL BLENDS AND VARIETIES
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The return on investment and productivity of a well managed perennial forage stand is difficult to beat. A perennial pasture requires a significant upfront investment, but when you amortize that investment over 10 or more years, it is an excellent option.
A good perennial pasture should include a mixture of nutrient dense grass varieties suited to your geography and soil type, plus a combination of legumes to fix nitrogen and improve the stand longevity. The legumes should include sainfoin and vetch in the mix to reduce the risk of bloat from alfalfa. Ideally, you should rotate cattle through paddocks allowing rest periods after grazing.
Avoid overgrazing a perennial pasture going into fall, as this will kill most of your legumes and reduce the lifetime and productivity of the stand.
For perennial pasture establishment, contact your Union Forage Specialist regarding funding that may be available from your provincial government or Ducks Unlimited.
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