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Provedor de dados:  Organic Eprints
País:  Germany
Título:  Effects of High Stocking Grazing Density of Diverse Swards on Forage Production, Animal Performance and Soil Organic Matter: A Case Study
Autores:  Zaralis, Konstantinos
Padel, Susanne
Data:  2019-01
Ano:  2019
Palavras-chave:  Dairy cattle
Soil quality
Feeding and growth
Resumo:  Mob grazing is regarded as a grazing management practice to increase soil organic matter, pasture productivity and nutrient cycling. There are different perspectives in the literature regarding the definition of mob grazing, but it is generally accepted that mob grazing is characterised by high stocking densities of livestock which are moved frequently from paddock to paddock (e.g. with the aid of electric fences), trampling forage into the soil as they graze. It has also been recognised that biodiverse pastures have the potential to build up carbon levels in the soil much more effectively than conventional (usually monocultures) or less diverse pastures; in turn all can enhance animal productivity and maintain good herd health. This paper reviews the concept of mob grazing and the benefits of diverse swards and provides evidence whether high stocking density as a grazing strategy can increase soil organic matter and enhance overall animal performance, based on observations on one farm. The grazing rotation applied in the farm during the study year was rather short to fulfil the expectations of a mob-grazing system, but stocking density was high (115 t LW ha−1). The results show that high stocking grazing density of biodiverse pastures has a remarkable effect on the build-up of the soil organic matter and that biodiverse pastures can serve as a viable alternative to conventional pastures as they can maintain animal productivity at high levels.
Tipo:  Book chapter
Idioma:  Inglês

Zaralis, Konstantinos and Padel, Susanne (2019) Effects of High Stocking Grazing Density of Diverse Swards on Forage Production, Animal Performance and Soil Organic Matter: A Case Study. In: Innovative Approaches and Applications for Sustainable Rural Development: Selected Papers of the 8th International Conference, HAICTA 2017, Chania, Crete, Greece, September 21-24, 2017.. Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg, pp. 131-146.
Editor:  Springer International Publishing
Formato:  application/pdf

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