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 reducing emissions from cattle during digestion and higher yields reducing emissions from feed production.
This project will provide unbiased, current and comprehensive regional data regarding establishment, winter survival, yield, quality, and economics of specific species and varieties of perennial forage crops. By identifing perennial crops, species and varieties that demonstrate superior establishment, hardiness, forage yield and nutritional quality characteristics in different eco-regions of Alberta. In addition, this project will assess any benefits from growing mixtures of selected species and demonstrate the regional adaptability of various forage species and varieties alone and in mixed stands.