Mississippi livestock producers are fortunate in being able to grow a large number of forage crops. These include both warm and cool season species of legumes and grasses. Both perennial and annual forages are common.
Warm season perennial grasses include bermudagrass and bahiagrass. Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids and pearl millets are summer annual grasses. Annual ryegrass and the small grains (oats, wheat, rye) are common winter annual grasses. Perennial cool season tall fescue is grown extensively in the prairie sections and in north Mississippi. Warm season perennial legumes include alfalfa and sericea lespedeza.
Annual lespedeza and alyce clover are warm season annual legumes. White and red clovers are perennial cool season legumes. A large number of cool season annual legumes include crimson, ball, berseem, and arrowleaf clovers. Vetch and wild winter peas are also cool season annual legumes.
By using a combination of these forages for both grazing and hay many Mississippi livestock producers are able to grow their needed feed with very few outside purchases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I grow all the feed needed for my cattle?
Should I grow both pasture and hay?
What is the best hay grass that I can grow?
Can I grow alfalfa in Mississippi?
Where can I get more information on forages?
2010 Forage Research Trials and Demonstrations Update
Extending Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Needs
Pastures and Hay for Horses in Mississippi - Information Sheet 1200
MSU 2009 Forage Budgets
2010 Weed Control Guidelines for Forage Crops
2012 Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistance Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties
Other Forage Information
2010 Pasture and Forage Short Course
Poultry Litter Clearing House
2009-10 Annual Ryegrass Variety Trial
Fall Army Worms in Hay Fields and Pastures
Weeds in forages
MSUcares Livestock Information
Hay Directory Listings | Hay Directory Submission Form
MSU Forage/Livestock Support Group
Equine Interest Groups