By Sam Thompson and David Lees-Evans-JonesAUSThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a new guidance for farmers seeking to cultivate crops that feed on the feedstock of livestock.
It advises that farmers can use feedstock such as grain, feedlots, pasture, pasture-raised and beef cattle to produce fodder crops, rather than the grasses, beans and pulses they typically use to feed livestock.
This is due to the fact that these crops are more resilient to drought and pest outbreaks than the more widely grown crops, said Mark Riddell, the head of the USDA’s Department of Agricultural Research and Extension (USARS) in a press release.
Riddell also said that feeding livestock with grasses and pulses, rather that grasses or grain, has an advantage over feeding them with grass or feedlot crops because grasses require less water and nutrients, and the pulses require less land than grasses.
The USARS’ guidance states that grass-based feed is more tolerant of pests and diseases, as well as being more resilient.
“The benefit of grass for a livestock feedlot is that it does not require as much water, and it does require less nutrients to be harvested and transported, Riddll said.”
Grass feed is also more drought-tolerant than feedlot grass.
This means it will take less water to produce, which means less water is needed to make sure it can survive.
“Feedlot grass is used in feedlottage systems to create an artificial soil for cattle, which is then used for grazing.”
It’s the natural environment for the grass to thrive,” Riddill said.
The guidance does not specifically address how feedlot crops can be grown in a sustainable manner, however.”
They’re an interesting topic and it would be interesting to see where the USARS is going with this,” he said.
For a feedlot feedlot, Ridwell said, you can use any type of plant or grass that’s grown in the US and can be used.”
In terms of a feedstock crop, it depends on the type of grass. “
I’m not going to say that all grasses will work in a feedlick.”
In terms of a feedstock crop, it depends on the type of grass.
If you’re going to use grain or hay as feed, then you would probably want to use grasses that are drought-resistant, such as corn, or you would want to consider using a variety that will grow in the desert or prairie.
“In addition to feedlot and pasture-based crops, there are other feedstocks that could be used to produce the crops that have become the new crop fodder crop.”
One thing we’re going through right now is the shift to using some of these grasses in feedlot systems,” Ridill said, “and the fact is they have an advantage in terms of drought resistance and are drought resistant in the long run.
“So it’s the nature of these crops, and that’s what makes them an interesting crop for this time of year.”
The USAR has also created a new category for crop fodder, with the designation “Grass-Based Fodder”.
It is an improvement on the previous crop fodder category, which had the words “Grasses” and “Perennial Fodder” in the same category.