Goat Pastures Cool Season Improved Legumes

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Cool Season Improved Legumes

Cool season legumes make most of their biomass in late winter, early spring and in the autumn of the year when temperatures and rainfall are generally more favorable. Cool season perennial legumes usually do not persist more than two to three years in the southeastern Unites States. Bloat is a problem with some legumes, so gradual introduction to new pastures, mixture with grasses, and bloat blocks are recommended.


Ladino Clover (Trifolium repens)

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)


Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)

Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa)

Luginbuhl, J-M. 2006. Pastures for Meat Goats. In: Meat Goat Production Handbook, ed. T.A. Gipson, R.C. Merkel, K. Williams, and T. Sahlu, Langston University, ISBN 1-880667-04-5.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.