Forage grass decreases waste nitrogen, boosts profits and milk yield
March 27, 2008 by Grassland Oregon
Grassland Oregon recently
introduced SucraSEED, a new line of high-sugar grass seed products
designed to increase dairy milk yield and livestock growth while
reducing environmental impact.
Grassland Oregon recently introduced SucraSEED, a new line of high-sugar grass seed products designed to increase dairy milk yield and livestock growth while reducing environmental impact. The new seed mixtures produce a progressive variety of forage grass that is already in wide use in Europe and New Zealand with profitable results.
Since its development 20 years ago by the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, high sugar grass has been shown to provide a number of benefits to dairy, beef and lamb producers. Multiple trial studies have demonstrated measurable increases in livestock performance, including milk yield in dairy cows (up to six percent more milk for the grazing season) and increased live weight gains in lambs and beef cattle (up to 20 percent).
This increase in productivity is caused by very high levels of water-soluble carbohydrates (WSC) present in the specially bred grass. The sugars, by providing extra energy to microbes in the animals’ rumen, allow the animals to digest more of the protein that they take in. As a result, more grass protein is converted to milk and meat, and less is excreted as unused nitrogen into the land.