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Herbs in grasslands - effect of slurry and grazing/cutting on species composition and nutritive value

Søegaard, Karen; Eriksen, Jørgen and Askegaard, Margrethe (2008) Herbs in grasslands - effect of slurry and grazing/cutting on species composition and nutritive value. In: Hopkins, A.; Gustafsson, T.; Bertilsson, J.; Dalin, G.; Nilsdotter-Linde, N. and Spörnly, E. (Eds.) Grassland Science in Europe, 13, pp. 200-202.

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Herbs are established in many organic grasslands due to their expected beneficial properties for nutritive value and biodiversity. However, knowledge about grassland herbs is limited. Three mixtures were therefore established at different grazing/cutting management and slurry applications. The competitiveness of the species varied greatly. Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and lucerne (Medicago sativa) competed best under cutting; in contrast, chicory (Cichorium intybus) competed best under grazing. Caraway (Carum carvi), burnet (Poterium sanguisorba) and lotus (Lotus corniculatus) had a relative low competitiveness. Slurry application did not affect the proportion of non-leguminous herbs. The nutritive value differed: caraway had the highest and plantain the lowest values, as judged by in-vitro organic matter digestibility (IVOMD) and content of NDF, ADF and ADL. Under cutting, the annual dry matter yields of the three mixtures were similar.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:herbs, competitiveness, nutritive value, grazing, cutting, slurry
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > ORGGRASS - Grass-clover in organic dairy farming
Deposited By: Søegaard, Senior scientist Karen
ID Code:14677
Deposited On:30 Sep 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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