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Mixed grazing with heifers and pregnant sows

Søegaard, Karen; Sehested, Jakob and Danielsen, Viggo (2000) Mixed grazing with heifers and pregnant sows. Grassland Science in Europe, 5, pp. 359-361.

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In 1999, a mixed grazing system with heifers and pregnant sows was compared with grazing systems with heifers and sows alone. Normally, herbage quality used for sow grazing is not optimal for high herbage intake and it was therefore examined whether mixed grazing with heifers could improve the grazing system. Herbage quality and botanical composition of the sward was best in swards where heifers grazed alone, followed by swards with mixed grazing and the poorest quality and composition were in swards, where the sows grazed alone. The daily weight gain of the sows tended to be higher and the weight gain of the heifers was significantly higher for mixed than at mono grazing. The mixed grazing system seems to be a usable alternative for grazing sowas.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Mixed grazing; heifers; sows; botanical composition
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF I (1996-2001) > II.8 Combinations of cattle and pigs
Deposited By: Søegaard, Senior scientist Karen
ID Code:2973
Deposited On:09 Jul 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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