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i was wondering if you know or heard about blue panic grass, and would it be healthy for our cattle. thank you

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Hello,

I don't know blue panic grass, but this was pulled from Feedipedia (http://www.feedipedia.org/node/413):

"As blue panic may become woody with maturity, it is recommended to graze it rotationally and heavily in order to maintain its nutritive value. Grazing height should be between 10 and 30 cm and rest intervals should vary from 20 to 30 days, depending on moisture conditions (FAO, 2011). In Pakistan, a 2-month clipping interval was shown to favour higher biomass and nutritional value when offered to Nili buffaloes. The two interval also sustained grass vigour (Sarwar et al., 2006). On arid degraded rangelands in Southwestern USA, Panicum antidotale ingested by cattle was viable and germinated well in dung patches after 3 years (Barrow et al., 1992; Barrow et al., 1995).

"Panicum antidotale can yield 10-50 t of fresh material/ha (Ecocrop, 2011). Hay yields vary from 2.5 to 6 t DM/ha under rainfed conditions to almost 5 t/ha under irrigation (FAO, 2011). In Pakistan, under semi-arid conditions, Panicum antidotale had the highest sprouting response and percentage when compared with 8 other forages. Fresh biomass and DM yield was the highest during spring season. Panicum antidotale and Digitaria species (Digitaria eriantha and Digitaria swazilandensis) gave the highest yields (Arshadullah et al., 2009)."

Another good link:
http://www.fao.org/ag/agp/agpc/doc/gbase/data/pf000275.htm

So yes, it's good as a pasture grass for your cattle.

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-Karin

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Forage-Beef Extension Specialist. Knowledge in almost everything to do with beef and dairy cattle. Strong points include forage production, pasture and rangeland management, grazing management, breeding/calving/weaning, cattle genetics, breeds, feeding and nutrition, starting-up, and most physiological questions. I AM NOT A BOVINE VETERINARIAN; so please any questions that concern serious health of your cattle must be taken to your local large animal veterinarian.

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Part of a farm family that bought, raised, and sold stocker/backgrounder steers; assisted with health management, handling, feeding, pasture management, and forage production. Also worked at local mixed-practice veterinary clinic. Experience with cattle included breeding soundness exams on bulls, castration, fixing prolapses, preg-checking, C-sections, calf pulling, vaccinations, etc. Worked at a local farm and ranch supply store selling medications and feed for livestock. Research assistant for the University of Alberta with range health assessments, and helping with various rangeland research projects. Always learning and gaining more experience as time goes on.

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Alberta Farm Express Agri-News and Call of the Land (Alberta Agriculture)

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BSc in Agriculture (Animal Science Major) @ University of Alberta, June 2015 graduate, but started studies in 2005. An Sci degree allowed me to specialize and gain significant knowledge in beef & dairy cattle production,animal behaviour and reproduction, ruminant nutrition, forage production/management, rangeland and pasture management & ecology, and plant identification.

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Various eef and forage producers in Alberta, CAN

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