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Growth and chemical composition of chicory and performance of lambs grazing chicory relative to grass–clover mixtures

Kidane, Alemayehu; Sørheim, Kristin; Eik, Lars Olav and Steinshamn, Håvard (2014) Growth and chemical composition of chicory and performance of lambs grazing chicory relative to grass–clover mixtures. Acta Agriculturae Scand Section A, 64, pp. 233-242.

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Document available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09064702.2015.1023341


We report results from trials on chicory growth (experiment 1) and lamb growth on chicory (experiment 2). In experiment
1, we assessed yield and chemical composition on swards established under organic conditions as perennial ryegrass/red
clover, perennial ryegrass/chicory, chicory/red clover (CHRC), pure perennial ryegrass (RG-alone) and pure chicory (CHalone)
over two years. Chicory/red clover and CH-alone showed improved crude protein, Ca, Mg, P, Cu and net energy
contents compared to other mixtures. However, dry matter yield was the lowest for CHRC and CH-alone compared to
others. In experiment 2, 48 weaned lambs grazed swards sown as chicory alone (CHA), chicory–grass–clover mix (CGC) or
grass–clover mix (GCM) for 45 days. Lamb body weight (BW) gain and final BW were higher on CHA and CGC than on
GCM. The results suggest that chicory can complement conventional grass/clover swards especially in macro- and micronutrients
for improved lamb growth with a proper grazing management in place.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Research affiliation: Norway > NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
Deposited By: Steinshamn, Dr Håvard
ID Code:29290
Deposited On:12 Oct 2015 13:53
Last Modified:12 Oct 2015 13:53
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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