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Organic grassland: the foundation stone of organic livestock farming

Younie, D. (2001) Organic grassland: the foundation stone of organic livestock farming. In: Younie, D. and Wilkinson, J.M. (Eds.) Organic livestock farming. Papers presented at conferences held at the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and at the University of Reading, 9-10 February 2001. Lincoln, UK: Chalcombe Publications, chapter 6, pp. 75-102.

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In organic farming, the components of the whole farm system interact closely and grassland plays the central role in this intricate web, including the arable cropping phase. Grassland is important particularly in relation to nitrogen supply via its influence on N-fixation, soil organic matter, structure and biological activity and it also has a major role to play in restricting the build-up of arable weeds and soil-borne crop diseases in arable rotations. Ruminant livestock share this central role with grassland on most successful organic farms, and the success of the livestock enterprise is intimately tied up with the management and productivity of the grassland.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: UK > Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
Deposited By: Buchan, Mrs Elizabeth
ID Code:8107
Deposited On:10 Apr 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:ISBN 0948617454

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