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.
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|
|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|
|Deposited By:||Padel, Dr Susanne|
|Deposited On:||21 Oct 2014 12:03|
|Last Modified:||04 Nov 2014 12:56|
|Refereed:||Peer-reviewed and accepted|
|Additional Publishing Information:||urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1|
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