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Hello to all,

i'm new to this site and this is my first time ever posting to a blog or forum.  I wanted to know if anyone has any experience with Herbal Leys for rotational grazing? I'm rotational grazing our goats and chickens. Some of the challenges i'm having is finding seed companies in Texas where i live that offer Herbal Leys. Can anyone help with directing me to companies that offer this type of seed blend or any advise on rotational grazing on Herbal lays for goats and chickens?

This video gives a brief description of the plant varieties.



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Since you are in Texas, the Native American Seed may have what you are looking for.  They have several mixes for different area of Texas.  The Blackland Prairie Mix might be what you are looking for.

Contains:
 American Basketflower
 Annual Winecup
 Big Bluestem
 Black-eyed Susan
 Broomsedge Bluestem
 Buffalograss
 Butterflyweed
 Cane Bluestem
 Common Milkweed
 Clasping Coneflower
 Croton
 Cutleaf Daisy
 Eastern Gamagrass
 Florida Paspalum
 Foxglove
 Gayfeather
 Green Sprangletop
 Hooded Windmill Grass
 Illinois Bundleflower
 Indian Blanket
 Indiangrass
 Inland Seaoats
 Lemon Mint
 Little Bluestem
 Maximilian Sunflower
 Partridge Pea
 Pink Evening Primrose
 Pitcher Sage
 Prairie Agalinis
 Plains Bristlegrass
 Plains Coreopsis
 Purple Prairie Clover
 Purpletop
 Prairie Verbena
 Prairie Wildrye
 Rattlesnake Master
 Rose Milkweed
 Sand Dropseed
 Sand Lovegrass
 Showy Milkweed
 Sideoats Grama
 Spiderwort
 Standing Cypress
 Switchgrass
 Tall Goldenrod
 Texas Cupgrass
 Texas Yellow Star
 Virginia Wildrye
 White Tridens
 Winecup
 White Rosinweed

Blackland Prairie Mix

http://www.seedsource.com/catalog/ seed mix

Forgive me if this isn't what you are looking for.  I did not watch the video because I have not sound and a slow internet provider.
 
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I have some confusion here. I did watch the video, and what they are describing sounds to me like a forage pasture where more than just grass has been planted. Is that correct?

If so, it's a fairly popular technique so maybe all you need is different terminology.  If you have an idea of the kinds of plants you want, I think you can get buy bulk and custom mixes of cover crop, forage and food plot that meet most of your needs.
 
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I didn't know what a Herbal Ley was so I went to this site:

If you take a drive into the countryside this summer you might just catch a glimpse of a herd of cattle up to their hocks in brightly coloured flowers. This might mean you’re looking at a nature reserve. Or it might mean you’ve seen one of a small but growing number of farmers planting their fields down to “herbal leys”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/Herbal Leys
 
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Great information Ann, I looked at Native American Seed Co and I think they will be able to help with a customer blend! Their prices seem to be in line as well.
Slow internet, wow I thought I was the only one. Sometimes I have to drive down the county road about 1 mile to tether off of my phone, I love the country life, really.

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Casie Becker wrote:I have some confusion here. I did watch the video, and what they are describing sounds to me like a forage pasture where more than just grass has been planted. Is that correct?

If so, it's a fairly popular technique so maybe all you need is different terminology.  If you have an idea of the kinds of plants you want, I think you can get buy bulk and custom mixes of cover crop, forage and food plot that meet most of your needs.




Hello Casie, forrage pasture seems to bring up tons of info, i think Herbal Leys is European terminology. Thanks for the info.
 
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