Can frost-seeded legumes make a difference in cattle profitability? A University of Forage extension specialist says yes. Craig Roberts says that legumes to fescue and other cool-season pastures at the right time can certainly add bulk and profit to cattle. Winter sowing makes seeding easier, adding visibility and lessening the impact of rutting or compact soils.

Frost seeding allows seeds to work into the soil as the ground freezes and thaws. Cattle can help with the process by “hoofing” seeds into the soil as they travel pastures. Red and white clover and annual lespedeza are three legumes to frost seed in Missouri. Clover also reduces animal exposure to toxins found in fescue toxicosis. Alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil, hairy vetch and sunn hemp can also be added for successful grazing.

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