Grazing Winter Triticale

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University of Nebraska insights on spring grazing

Considering grazing your winter forage. When grazed from early April to early May, forage quality is key. Growing calves can gain 3 to 4 lbs/day on properly managed winter forage. Triticale retains its feed value better than wheat or rye into late spring since it does not mature as quickly. This makes it well-suited for hay and silage, or for grazing well into June.

Begin grazing when the plants are about 5 to 6 inches tall and manage to keep the maximum height at 8 to 10 inches. Rotational grazing with higher stocking densities can assist with keeping the plant maturity more uniform and reduce selective grazing.

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