Alfalfa has long been known as the “Queen of Forages,” recognized as the premier source of energy, protein, fiber, and minerals for high-producing dairy cattle. With so much focus on its benefits as a high-quality dairy feed, however, alfalfa can often be thought of as “too good” for beef cattle. Nothing could be further from the truth. While beef cows and growing cattle have lower dietary protein needs than lactating dairy cows, few forages surpass alfalfa’s value as a high-energy, high-protein feed source.
To provide a comprehensive overview of the advantages of feeding alfalfa hay to beef cows, the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has recently updated and released “Alfalfa for Beef Cows, serving as a quick & handy guide to everything livestock farmers should know about feeding alfalfa to beef cows. Some of the publication’s highlights include:
- Why Consider Alfalfa for Beef Cattle?
- Alfalfa as a Protein Source
- Harvest Management of Alfalfa
- Utilizing Alfalfa in Beef Herds
- Breeding and Selection of Alfalfa
This publication is intended as a resource for both livestock producers and hay farmers as a useful educational tool to provide valuable information to their regular customers and to potential buyers. Get your copy today!