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Tall fescue has many desirable qualities for cattle production, which is why this forage is grazed on a large portion of the United States, commonly referred to as the Fescue Belt. However, tall fescue has physiological characteristics that can cause problems for cattle producers during summer. Furthermore, this forage provides little protection and cover for wildlife, particularly northern bobwhite quail. Utilizing native warm-season grasses (NWSGs) for grazing during summer is one possible way to provide both timely summer forage and a quality habitat for quail. This report summarizes studies on cattle performance and economics of grazing NWSGs in the Fescue Belt as well as how NWSGs can enhance the quail habitat. However, more research is needed on implementing a tall fescue and NWSG grazing system for cow-calf and stocker production, while considering the impact of these forages on northern bobwhite quail habitat and populations.

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