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Monitoring Productivity of A UK Dairy System Aiming to Increase Soil Carbon, based on Diverse Swards and Incorporating Mob Grazing

Leach, Katharine; Richmond, Robert and Waterfield, William (2013) Monitoring Productivity of A UK Dairy System Aiming to Increase Soil Carbon, based on Diverse Swards and Incorporating Mob Grazing. In: Proceedings Proc. British Grassland Society 11th Research Conference, Dumfries, 2-3 Sept 2013.

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There is interest in increasing soil organic matter (SOM), both to improve plant productivity, and augment carbon sequestration. One practice that may contribute to increasing SOM is a “mob grazing” approach. This involves high stocking density for a short period of time, and often grazing more mature swards, leaving higher cover and longer recovery times between grazings than is typical in the UK. This approach is likely to be best suited to swards that include a wide variety of grass and herb species, giving greater resilience than a purely ryegrass sward. The performance of dairy herds on such swards under this type of management in the UK has not been documented. This paper describes how a participatory approach is used to gather sward and animal production data from a farm where diverse swards and a “mob grazing” system have been developed over seven years, with the aim of increasing the return of organic matter to the soil.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishMilk productionhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_4829
Englishforagehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36108
EnglishGrazing systemshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3367
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: European Union > SOLID
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:266367
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:24700
Deposited On:25 Nov 2013 16:37
Last Modified:28 Jan 2015 12:17
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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