Another use for biomass is forage, feed for ruminants. Forage provides energy and nutrients for livestock, while at the same time protecting the land and the water that drains from it. A forage crop covers the land all year long. This keeps the soil from eroding and prevents nutrients in the soil from leaching into surrounding surface waters.
The following picture shows Dave Brix, a local farmer, mowing the Blade EG1102 switchgrass plot. This grass will be preserved by letting it dry and it will then be baled and fed to his cattle as hay. Switchgrass makes an excellent hay, when it is cut at the proper time.