Submitted to: Proceedings of the Annual Appalachian Opportunities Symposium
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: July 17, 2009
Publication Date: July 27, 2009
Citation: Cassida, K.A., Turner, K.E., Neel, J.P., Foster, J.G. 2009. NON-TRADITIONAL FORAGES FOR CENTRAL APPALACHIA. In: Morales, M., editor. Improving Small Ruminant Grazing Practices. Proceedings of the Appalachian Small Ruminant Grazing Workshop. July 22, 2009, Beckley, WV. Mountain State University, Beckley, WV.
Small ruminant forage research at AFSRC is designed to improve forage and pasture management for small ruminants, especially as related to control of gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) parasites. Alfalfa pasture produced better meat goat weight gains than orchardgrass, but red clover pasture was difficult to maintain in a pure stand. Fall-stockpiled prairie bromegrass produced excellent weight gains in lambs. Chicory cultivar and sesquiterpene lactone concentrations did not affect forage palatability for goat kids. Phosphorus fertilization improved chicory yields when soil test P was less than 47 lb/acre. Forage brassicas did not directly inhibit GIN, but provided an alternate source of nutritious forage and a first step in renovation of declining perennial pastures.