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Continuous grazing in comparison to cutting management on an organic meadow in the eastern Alps

Starz, Walter; Steinwidder, Andreas; Pfister, Rupert and Rohrer, Hannes (2010) Continuous grazing in comparison to cutting management on an organic meadow in the eastern Alps. In: Grassland in a changing world - Proceedings of the 23th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation - Volume 15 Grassland Science in Europe, pp. 1009-1011.

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Continuous grazing is an appropriate pasture system for dairy cows in low input milk production systems like organic farming. Grazing increases for economic reasons and is also caused by regulations in organic farming. If a dairy farm converts a pasture-based system,cows will start grazing on a cutting-managed meadow. Due to the utilisation changing from cutting to grazing, a conversion of the botanical composition and the quantity and quality yield is expected. To document and assess such conversions, a three-year field trial was carried out on the organic grassland and dairy farm of the AREC Raumberg-Gumpenstein between 2007 and 2009. In this study, changes in the botanical composition were found. In contrast to botanical composition, no significant differences between below-ground biomass and quality yield (CP and NEL) could be detected, although the harvest sward yields of the grazing sward were significantly less than in the cutting variant in the trial years 2007 and 2008.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:plant species composition, below-ground, above-ground,biomass, organic farming
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Research affiliation: Austria > HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
ISBN:978-3-86944-021-7
Deposited By: Starz, DI Walter
ID Code:18010
Deposited On:08 Nov 2010 08:55
Last Modified:08 Nov 2010 08:55
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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