Beef Maker is a very fast growing mix that gives 3 years of very high production followed by moderate levels of production. Excellent forage quality but requires higher fertility. Adapted to most soils but will excel on good soils. If soil fertility is maintained, Beef Maker will yield lots of high quality forage. Beef Maker can also be used to thicken weak alfalfa stands and thin pastures. Best if used north of the Mason Dixon Line.
- Drought tolerant
- Does need good fertility
- Great forage quality
- Excellent durability
Using Beef Maker on your farm is a smart move. It is versatile and more forgiving to adverse soil and climate conditions than monocultures. Beef Maker usually provides better nutrition and yield across the growing season. However, pastures need good management to be able to optimize the potential. Regular mowing and fertilizing are just as important as rotational grazing in maintaining a proper pasture balance.
An early fall planting is best seeding or drilled 1/4 inch deep into a well prepared seed bed. If a seeder or drill is not available, the seed can be broadcast and rolled firm with a cultipacker. Make sure weeds are controlled before establishment. Spring planting is possible but competition must be suppressed. Most of the upper Midwest is Spring planted.
Use the equivalent of about 40 pounds of N to kick-start the seedlings. Clip the pasture when the seedlings are about 6 to 8 inches high to encourage density. Do not graze until firmly rooted. Rotational grazing is best to promote persistence. Manure or fertilizer in the fall will help with winterhardiness.
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