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					Perennial Peanut                                           Perennial Peanut Producers Association

        “Florida’s Alfalfa”                                 to	establish	and	maintain	communications	between	
                                                            Association	members	for	the	purpose	of	sharing	
              Forage Legume                                 technical	and	marketing	information.	Members	of	the	
         of Commercial Importance                           Association	exchange	planting	material	and
	 	 The	Perennial	Peanut	is	a	high-quality	                 equipment,	set	quality	standards	for	the	crop	and	
persistent	tropical	forage	legume	which	can	be	             create	greater	marketing	opportunities.
grazed	or	fed	to	horses,	dairy	and	beef	cattle,	hogs,	      	 	 To	keep	abreast	of	the	newest	information,	the	
goats,	sheep	and	rabbits.	It	can	be	stored	as	dry	          Association	meets	for	field	tours	of	member	farms	
hay	or	silage	and	is	an	ideal	substitute	for	alfalfa.	      and	research	trials.		Agronomists	and	animal	
Florigraze	and	Arbrook	cultivars	of	perennial	              scientists	from	the	University	of	Florida	regularly	
peanut,	or	rhizoma	peanut,	as	it	is	sometimes               share	the	research	results	of	their	work.	The	
called,	have	been	selected	in	Florida	for	their	high	       Association	also	supports	extension	and	research	
yield,	quality,	persistence,	disease	resistance,	and	       efforts	in	promoting	the	improvement	of	production	
drought	tolerance.                                          and	marketing	of	perennial	peanut.
	 	 Perennial	peanut	is	well-adapted	to	dry,	sandy	         	 	 As	a	member,	your	name	will	be	listed	in	the	
soils	and	has	the	potential	to	persist	indefinitely.	       membership	directory	which	puts	you	in	touch	with	
Perennial	peanut	is	planted	using	rhizomes,	or              needed	resources	and	information.	Membership	in	
underground	stems,	dug	from	a	nursery	planting.	            the	PPPA	entitles	members	to	advertise	in	the
It	does	not	require	nitrogen	fertilizer	and	once            “Members	Only”	section	of	the	Association’s	web	
established,	can	be	maintained	with	low	level               site.		The	PPPA	cooperates	with	the	Southern	Land	
management.	Hay	yields	in	north	Florida	range	              Grant	Universities	in	continuing	research	of	the	pe-
from	3-5	tons	per	year	for	well-established	stands.	        rennial	peanut	crop.	The	Association	is	a	non-profit	
Quality	and	uses	are	so	similar	to	that	of	alfalfa	that	    corporation	registered	under	Florida	law	and	mem-
perennial	peanut	has	been	coined	“Florida’s	alfalfa.”	      bership	is	open	to	all	perennial	peanut	producers	or	
	 	 Perennial	peanut	grows	well	in	Florida,	south	          those	with	interest	in	the	commodity.
Georgia	and	southern	portions	of	the	Gulf	States.	
It	requires	no	pesticides	for	control	of	insects	or	        For information contact:
diseases	nor	does	it	require	applied	nitrogen	as	do	        Florida Department of Agriculture
traditional	grass	forages.	These	characteristics	make	
                                                            and Consumer Services
perennial	peanut	an	environmentally	sound,	low
resource	consuming	crop	that	ranks	it	as	an                 Mayo Building, Room 427-A
important	component	for	sustainable	agricultural	           Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
systems.                                                    Phone: (850) 922-9827
						The	Perennial	Peanut	Producers	Association	
was	formed	to	encourage	the	expansion	of                          or
perennial	peanut	production,	marketing	channels	            Perennial Peanut Producers Association
and	production	technology.		The	principal	goals	are         P.O. Box 352
                                                            Madison, FL 32341
                                                            Phone: (850) 973-2399
                                                            DACS-01380   Rev. 12-2009

                                                                                                                    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
                                                                        Perennial peanut is a
                                                             high-quality, multipurpose forage                               for GOATS
                                                                   with market demand that
                                                                  outstrips supply and offers a

                          for HORSES                               profitable return potential.

◆	 Highly	palatable	forage	
                                                                                                                          ◆	 Greater	feed	consumption	compared	to	alfalfa	
◆	 Amino	acid	composition	similar	to	alfalfa	                                                                             																																									
                                                                                                                          ◆	 Greater	weight	gain	and	feed	efficiency	as	
◆	 Calcium	and	phosphorus	content	similar	to		                                                                            	 	 compared	to	alfalfa	

                                                               	 for BEEF CATTLE
                                                              ◆	 Beef	cattle	which	graze	on	perennial	peanut	are		
                                                              	 similar	in	flavor,	juiciness	and	tenderness	to	cattle		
                                                              	 fed	in	feed	lots.	
                                                              ◆	 As	a	winter	supplement,	perennial	peanut	is	more		

    for DAIRY COWS
                                                              	 economical	than	range	cubes.	
                                                              																																									                          for GESTATING SOWS
                                                              ◆	 Steer	gain	an	average	of	1.7	lbs./head/day	grazing		
                                                              	 on	perennial	peanut	as	compared	to	1.0	lbs./head/	
                                                              	 day	on	bahiagrass.									
                                                                                                                          ◆	 Fed	with	80%	perennial	peanut	meal,	sows	
◆	 Fed	as	hay,	haylage	or	greenchop	                                                                                      	 yielded	equal	numbers	of	pigs	farrowed	alive	
																																									                                                                                 	 and	remained	alive	after	21	days	compared	to	
◆	 Can	be	substituted	for	up	to	70%	of	corn	silage	while		                                                                	 corn-soybean	meal.	
	 maintaining	milk	production	                                                                                            																																									
																																									                                                                                 ◆	 Fed	at	80%,	sows	maintain	acceptable	reproductive		
◆	 More	profitable	than	corn	diets	when	substituted	                                                                      	 performance	over	successive	gestations.
	 for	up	to	50%	of	diet	

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