I'll post in here too as I'm in a similar boat. I have an opportunity to help restore an old horse pasture, with the hope of transitioning it to eventually transitioning it over to dairy animals (1-2 years down the road at least. I have some wild grass seeds on another part of the property I intend to put down, but am also interested in what else I can introduce that cows, goat, sheep and horses will enjoy (and maybe even pigs a long time down the road). I'm particularly interested in what I can plant that can help the owners of the property avoid buying grain to feed whatever animals they have milking. I'd love to hear any variety of grasses you particularly like. I'd also love to hear about any experience you've had letting cattle self medicate with medicinals. lastly, if there are species of trees you've noticed your cows enjoying. i recently learned from osker brown that basswood and mulberry leaves are extremely nutrient rich, with mulberry leaves containing as much as 20% protein. What other trees would you recommend establishing on the edge of pastures?
Thanks so much for all the research you've done on this topic. I look forward to checking out your book!