One can have quality, productive pastures in December by developing winter forage program (Fig. 1). December is the time when most pastures (without cool-season forages) appear brown, and there is not much available forages for grazing animals in Alabama and other states of the Southeast USA. This situation continues until warm-season perennial forages grow back in April. Figure 2 depicts the situation of most livestock farms in the winter time.
|Figure 1. Marshall ryegrass-winter peas mixed pastures |
Dec. 2012, Phenix City, AL, USA
|Figure2. Warm-season forages are dormant or dead giving the brown look to |
the pasture in Winter, Franklin, AL, USA.
Animals mostly depend on manual feeding at this time.
|Figure 3. Goats grazing on crimson clover-MaxQ tall fescue mixed pasture|
April 2011, Selma, AL, USA.