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Diverse swards and mob grazing for dairy farm productivity: A UK case study

Leach, Katharine; Palomo, Gonzalo; Waterfield, William; Zaralis, Konstantinos and Padel, Susanne (2014) Diverse swards and mob grazing for dairy farm productivity: A UK case study. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 4, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 1155-1158.

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The paper presents first year results of one participatory case study carried out as part of EU FP7 funded SOLID project (Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying) on an organic dairy farm managed with diverse swards and mob grazing in Britain. Mob grazing is a livestock management strategy consisting of high stocking density for a short time to remove forage rapidly due to high grazing pressure and then removing livestock to allow grass recovery. On the farm this is combined with a diverse sward, paying particular consideration to soil fertility. First results indicate that there was more available herbage in front of the cows, especially in the summer months, than could be expected from rotational grazing with shorter rest periods. Differences between the diverse and standard mixture measure in one field were not as marked as expected. Further measurements during the coming grazing season will be carried out.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishDairy cowshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_26767
Englishparticipatory approacheshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9000119
Englishsoil organic matterhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_35657
EnglishGrazing systemshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3367
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Research affiliation: European Union > SOLID
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:266367
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:23553
Deposited On:21 Oct 2014 12:03
Last Modified:04 Nov 2014 12:56
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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