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Forage feeding value of continuous grazed sward on organic permanent grassland

Starz, Walter; Steinwidder, Andreas; Pfister, Rupert and Rohrer, Hannes (2011) Forage feeding value of continuous grazed sward on organic permanent grassland. In: Grassland Farming and Land Management Systems in Mountainous Regions. Proceedings of the 16th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation, Organising Committee of the 16th Symposium of the EGF 2011 and Agricultural Research and Education Centre (AREC) Raumberg-Gumpenstein 8952 Irdning, Austria, Grassland Science in Europe, no. 16, pp. 356-358.

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Continuous grazing provides low-cost forage with a high feeding value for milk and beef production and is a suitable pasture system in organic farming. To assess the forage feeding value of continuously grazed sward, a 3-field trial was carried out under harsh east Alpine conditions (680 m altitude, 7°C average temperature, 1000 mm annual precipitation). Forage contents of net energy (6.3-7.0 MJ NEL kg-1 DM) and crude protein (202-236 g kg-1 DM) varied on a high level during the vegetation period. Moreover, amounts of crude fibre (176-243 g kg-1 DM) and neutral detergent fibre (373-475 g kg-1 DM) were within the recommended range for ruminates. In conclusion, continuous grazing as a possible organic grassland use under harsh climate conditions can be recommended.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic farming, grazing, crude nutrients, structural carbohydrates
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation:Austria > HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
Deposited By: Starz, DI Dr. Walter
ID Code:19342
Deposited On:01 Sep 2011 13:26
Last Modified:02 Sep 2011 07:56
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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