Forage is a major input and a key cost of wintering cows. Forage yield and quality have implications on greenhouse gas emissions with better quality feed (e.g. legumes) reducing emissions from cattle during digestion and higher yields reducing emissions from feed production.
Determine the ability to rejuvenate existing alfalfa/sainfoin and crested wheatgrass stands by re-introducing sainfoin through different management and seeding strategies.
Determine sainfoin establishment success into existing alfalfa/sainfoin and crested wheatgrass stands.
Determine changes in pasture forage quality with the introduction of sainfoin when harvesting at grazing/haying and for use in stockpiling, and relate forage production and quality to animal performance and productivity.
Conduct an economic cost/benefit analysis to determine best management practices to rejuvenate existing alfalfa/sainfoin and crested wheatgrass stands.