Forage legumes are extremely valuable in forage-livestock production because they offer several ways to enhance economic sustainability. In association with special types of bacteria on their roots, they offer biological nitrogen fixation, thus reducing or eliminating the cost of nitrogen fertilizer. When grown with grasses, they often increase forage yield (especially as compared to grass receiving little nitrogen fertilizer), and extend the grazing season. Most importantly, legumes generally provide higher forage quality than grasses, thus improving nutritional status and performance of livestock. Legumes have attained “superstar” status because they have so much to offer. They should be regularly grown whenever feasible.
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