Conclusions

Grasses furnish the bulk of the feed used for domestic herbivores worldwide. Much of the world's land is poorly suited to growing legumes because of low pH or poorly drained soils, making the use of grasses under these conditions the most viable economic alternative. From a nutritional standpoint, however, perennial grasses often are less preferred than perennial legumes. Perennial grasses generally contain more fiber than legumes, resulting in lower dry matter intake and consequently lower production if used as the major feed source in the diet. Selecting forages for persistence, managing for timely harvest, and proper preservation technique can ensure high nutritive value.

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