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Is bluestem grass good for cows?
Last Updated: 26th February, 2020
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Considering this, is bluestem grass good for cattle?
That is ideal beef cow forage for grazing — not the low-quality forage I assumed warm-season grasses to be. Big bluestem is a perennial forage species that does not need reseeding, prefers high temperatures, produces tonnage and supports good weight gains.
Likewise, do cows eat Indian grass? The lower part of the native grasses is not as palatable as the upper portions. Cattle will eat the leaves, but not the stem, which becomes coarse at low heights. Below eight to 12 inches, there is no leaf surface anyway, so there is no point trying to graze lower, Keyser said.
In this manner, what eats the big bluestem grass?
The foliage is readily eaten by hoofed mammalian herbivores, including bison, cattle, and other livestock. The Meadow Vole and Prairie Vole eat the foliage as well.
Can cows eat switchgrass?
Switchgrass pasture needs careful management and must be grazed before seedstalks develop. Switchgrass quality is high and its palatability is good when young. If cattle can't graze it before seedheads appear, it should be cut for hay rather than used as a poor quality forage.