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Factors affecting the concentration of Zn, Fe and Mn in herbage from organic farms and in relation to dietary requirements of ruminants

Govasmark, Espen; Steen, Arvid; Bakken, Anne Kjersti; Strøm, Turid and Hansen, Sissel (2005) Factors affecting the concentration of Zn, Fe and Mn in herbage from organic farms and in relation to dietary requirements of ruminants. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B - Soil and Plant Science, 55, pp. 131-142.

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To obtain a general picture of the herbage zinc, iron and manganese concentrations and their relation to dietary requirements of ruminants on organic farms, we analysed soil and herbage samples from four regions in Norway. The soil median Zn, Fe and Mn concentrations were 0.18, 13 and 0.84 mg/L, respectively. The herbage median (10th-90th percentile) Zn, Fe and Mn concentrations (mg/kg) in herbage in the first cut were 19 (14-34), 50 (36-88), 34 (22-86) and in the second cut 21 (16-37), 84 (52-171) and 66 (36-205), respectively. The results of mixed model analysis of herbage Zn, Fe and Mn indicate that soil pH, soil texture, soil mineral concentration and botanical composition are the most influencing factors. We conclude that Zn, Fe and Mn did not limit plant growth, and that the herbage concentrations except for Zn, were sufficient to meet the dietary needs of ruminants on organic dairy farms.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:animal nutrition, dairy cattle, feed, micronutrient, roughage, sheep, soil, trace element, MINERALSIP
Subjects: Soil > Nutrient turnover
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
Norway > Planteforsk - The Norwegian Crop Research Institute
Norway > NVH - Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
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Deposited By: Govasmark, Ph.D. Espen
ID Code:6110
Deposited On:13 Feb 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:31
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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