- Stockpile fescue
- Pasture Ecology
NC State University’s Forage and Grassland Program is supported by the Department of Crop Science and the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Forage and Grassland Program provides research based information to everyone involved with forages.
Check out the Extension and Research pages for useful forage publications.
Pasture, hay and silage supply 50-100% of feed for livestock. There are over 2 million acres of land dedicated to forages and grasslands in NC valued at over $306 million.
The Amazing Grazing Program is dedicated to providing NC livestock producers with timely information about pasture systems for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, horses, swine, and poultry. Appropriate pasture management leads to lower fuel, fertilizer and equipment costs, calmer, cleaner, healthier animals and improved soil and water conservation. We provide educational workshops and field days throughout the state. Check with your local County Extension Agent for upcoming events.
North Carolina Forage and Grassland Council The North Carolina Forage and Grassland Council brings together grassland managers, livestock owners, agribusiness, public servants and interested citizens to support the effective use of North Carolina’s grassland resources. Membership includes subscription to The Forager newsletter, membership in the American Forage and Grassland Council and participation in conferences, grazing schools, field days and pasture walks where you can network with other forage producers.
See membership page.
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Located at the Cherry Research Farm in Goldsboro, CEFS is dedicated to sustainable research, extension and education. Faculty conduct research and outreach at the Pasture-Based Beef Unit, the Pasture-Based Dairy Unit, the Alternative Swine Production Unit, the Meat Goat Unit, the Organic Research Unit, the Farming Systems Research Unit and the Small Farm Unit. Each unit provides research opportunities for faculty as well as demonstration models for farmers, extension agents and students.