[fawr-ij, for-]
Forage is plant material (mainly plant leaves and stems) eaten by grazing livestock. Historically the term forage has meant only plants eaten by the animals directly as pasture, crop residue, or immature cereal crops, but it is also used more loosely to include similar plants cut for fodder and carried to the animals, especially as hay or silage.

Common forages


Herbaceous Legumes

Tree Legumes


  • Corn (maize)
  • Alfalfa
  • Grass-legume mix
  • Sorghums
  • Oats

Crop residue

  • Sorghum
  • Corn (maize) stover
  • Soybean stover

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