EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - What we mostly know as cool-season clovers are actually called forest legumes and they're extremely valuable to the livestock producer as they improve the soil, save hay feeding costs, and provide a financial incentive to producers.
As a legume fixes atmospheric nitrogen into the soil, it can reduce to eliminate the need for fertilizer.
It's a late winter and spring forage, and its nutritive quality to all classes of livestock is hard to beat. Beating the forage quality of grasses, our cool season legumes improve the nutritional status and performance of livestock.
According to the Angelina County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service including legumes into your pastures and, yes, perhaps some hay meadows should be an annual, financial consideration.