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Mixed grazing with heifers and pregnant sows

Soegaard, 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 soews 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 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 sows.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:mixed grazing, heifers, sows, pigs, botanical composition
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > II. 1 (ORDAI) Organic dairy production systems
Deposited By: Kristensen, Troels
ID Code:1753
Deposited On:28 Oct 2003
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:28
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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