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"I seed a heavy mixture of different legumes - mainly alfalfa, vetch, and sainfoin along the grass. The more legumes the better… up to 60 percent. The vetch and sainfoin help to prevent bloating. When I am sod seeding I like to use 10 lbs per acre of grass blend which is hybrid brome grasses, smooth leaf tall fescue, and orchard grass. The legume is at 5 lbs an acre: Splendor 4 alfalfa, Veldt milk vetch, and sainfoin. After a couple of years there is more vetch and sainfoin repopulating in the stand. I find that a mixture of grasses and legumes gives me the best milk production and weight gains for my grazing cattle. Do not be afraid of using legumes, with grazing management they can be the best for your pastures."
Don't be afraid of legumes!
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