ALTERNATIVE LIVESTOCK SEED MIXTURES

BUFFALO MIXTURE — (Summer pasture)

35%

Meadow Bromegrass

25%

Timothy, Climax

 

20%

Creeping Red Fescue

20%

Meadow Foxtail

Buffalo do not like cereal pastures such as oats nor do they like high protein forages like Clover, Alfalfa or other Legumes. In winter they prefer paw through the snow to graze the Fescue rather than eating any hay. As such, it is suggested to incorporate Creeping Red Fescue into the pasture.


 

DEER MIXTURE

35%

Smooth Bromegrass, Carlton

25%

Alfalfa, Hannas High Tech Brand

 

25%

Timothy, Climax

15%

White Clover

Although Orchard Grass is a good source of phosphorous and balances out the calcium/phosphorous ratio in combination with Alfalfa, the Orchard Grass can sometimes out compete the Alfalfa and you end up with a pasture of Orchard Grass.

 

ELK MIXTURE

50%

 Alfalfa, Hannas High Tech Brand

 

50%

Meadow Bromegrass

Elk do not prefer a single species diet. In a grass/legume mix where the legume dominates, the grass is grazed heavily. In mixes high in grass, the legume is overgrazed. As such, producers should aim for 50% grass and 50% legume in a seeded paddock.Alfalfa is the most common legume Elk producers are seeding. It has a proven record for high production and persistence across all of the soil zones, making it the best suited legume available.


 

SHEEP MIXTURE

30%

Meadow Bromegrass

25%

Orchardgrass

 

15%

Kentucky Bluegrass

10%

Creeping Red Fescue

10%

Timothy, Climax

5%

Alfalfa, Hannas High Tech Brand

5%

White Clover

Although sheep are not as susceptible to bloat as cattle, certain precautions should be used when introducing them to Alfalfa for the first time. Most problems with bloat can be avoided by placing sheep on Alfalfa pasture when there is no outside moisture on the plants. This is usually in mid-afternoon, which means that the sheep have already had an opportunity to graze for most of the day.