North Carolina Sheep Producer Exploring Performance of Native Grasses

A North Carolina livestock producer received a grant from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) to explore the use of native warm-season grasses as forage for Katahdin Hair sheep as a way quickly bring the animals to market weight, and for better parasite control. Lee Holcomb of LeeDer Farm is establishing big blue stem, little blue stem, and Indian grass in some of his pastures to see if they can help weaned lambs put on more weight and have less exposure to barber pole worms. The native grasses have lower input requirements and better drought tolerance than conventional forages, offering producers additional benefits. Holcomb is in the first year of a two-year grant project. Research results will be available through SSARE.