This year’s edition of Forage Matters
We design Forage Matters once a year (and have done so since 2000). This is inserted free as an insert into each issue of the quarterly Sheep Breeder, Beef Farmer and Cattle Breeder – all are Shepherd Publishing titles. This year’s edition is 24 pages, full of information for farmers and those in the agricultural industry.
Forage is a plant material (mainly plant leaves and stems) eaten by grazing animals. Historically, the term forage has meant only plants eaten by the animals directly as pasture, crop or residue, or immatuer cerael crops, but it is also used more loosely to include similar plants cut for fodder and carried to the animals, especially as hay or silage.
While the term forage has a broad definition, the term forage crop is used to define crops, annual or biennial, which are grown to be utilized by grazing or harvesting as a whole crop.