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.