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Fodder crops are plants grown exclusively or primarily for the purpose of feeding livestock. They include maize, clover, and alfalfa, which are favored for their palatability for livestock and because of their ability to bind nitrogen from surrounding atmosphere and soil, which significantly enhances the protein value of the fodder and hence increases rapid and healthy growth of the livestock. The three main classes of fodder crops are grasses, legumes, and root crops. Fodder may be grown on temporary meadows or in natural settings, but in societies with more advanced agricultural industries, it is likely that dedicated land will be set aside for regulated and intensified growth of fodder crops. Compound foods are more common for livestock in developed countries, which have resources to ...

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