Grassland agriculture emphasizes the importance of grasses and legumes in livestock and land management. Success in grassland farming depends on maintaining a healthy soil-plant-animal biological system. Herbivores, animals that subsist primarily on plants and plant materials, convert grassland products to high-quality meat, dairy, wool, and other products that nourish and benefit humans. Forage plants enter the food chain through their consumption and utilization primarily by ruminant animals that can digest the fibrous tissue. (Source: FORAGES: An Introduction to Grassland Agriculture 6th Ed. Vol. 1, pp. 5-6)
Follow the species links to access eXtension and other resources for individual livestock and wildlife species, including information on nutritional requirements and ration formulation, grazing issues, and forage-related animal health problems.