Grazing Cover Crops in the Winter

Over the past 9 years I have worked with Ed Ballard from the University of Illinois on grazing cattle over the winter.

During the first 4-5 years I was much more concerned about the “above ground” aspect of the cover crop and weight gain by the animals.

However, these past 4-5 years have shown me the dual benefit of this amazing plan.  The mix I use is 1-1/2 to 2 bushel per acre of oats, 1 bushel of winter rye and 5# of Appin Turnips.

This mix works well flown into standing corn or drilled right after the corn harvest.  I have attached a You Tube video to show the wonderful benefits cattle producers can get using this cover crop.

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3 Responses to Grazing Cover Crops in the Winter

  1. Richard Strong December 1, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Can You give some sound recommendations on a good cover grazing choice for breeding age hogs? I live in north La. ay help would be appreciated.

  2. Dave December 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Richard,
    Hogs do well on turnips and I will assume that they will also like cover crop radishes. To have a very good cover crop that is good for the soil and the hogs I’d suggest 1 bu/acre of Oats and 3# of Radish and add 3-5#/acre of Appin Turnips. I like Appin because the bulb is nearly completely in the soil so we get some better soil biology going on with it. Our hogs liked eating the oats too!

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  1. bokashicomposting.com - Short Cover Crops Put Down Deep Roots - January 26, 2012

    […] crop radishes, oats, cereal rye, Austrian winter peas, rape, kale, cowpwea, Hairy Vetch, Phacelia, turnips, and crimson clover.  Some of the cover crops were in fields that were long term no-till and some […]

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