Forage Grasses

Forages include both native (157 million acres) and introduced (111 million acres) pastures in Texas that provide about 70 percent of the nutrients consumed by livestock. Forage crops are the foundation on which the Texas livestock industry is built. Currently, cash receipts are more than $7 billion for cattle, $3 billion for wildlife, and more than $700 million in hay to Texas ranchers. Forages also enhance water quality, serve as sinks for the disposal of agricultural and municipal wastes, are renewable sources of energy, provide food and habitat for wildlife, and are used to revegetate disturbed lands and public right-of-ways.

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