Pasture and Feed Crops (Non-Legumes)
A wide variety of plants can be used as pasture and feed crops in the tropics. Of these, a few have become especially important because of their wide adaptability, ease of growth, high yield potential, and high nutritional value. Most of these are either grasses or legumes. The majority of the grasses are highly suitable for permanent pastures, although a few are usually cut and carried to the animals. Unfortunately, there are few legume and grass combinations that are compatible in pastures of the tropics; however, we have recently added several new legumes suitable for mixed pastures and are eager to hear how they grow in various areas. Feed from leucaena grown in combination with grass should consists of 1/3 leucaena to 2/3 grass. During drought or in arid areas, tree leaves are sometimes the only feed available. An ECHO Technical Note on Forages is available.