Effect of cattle grazing a species-rich mountain pasture under different stocking rates on the dynamics of diet selection and sward structure.

@article{Dumont2007EffectOC,
  title={Effect of cattle grazing a species-rich mountain pasture under different stocking rates on the dynamics of diet selection and sward structure.},
  author={B. Dumont and Jonathan Garel and C{\'e}cile Ginane and Francis Decuq and Anne Farruggia and Philippe Pradel and Catherine Rigolot and Matthis Petit},
  journal={Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={1 7},
  pages={
          1042-52
        }
}
Although stocking rate is a key management variable influencing the structure and composition of pastures, only few studies have simultaneously analysed the seasonal patterns of pasture use by cattle, and the adjustments the animals make to maintain intake of a high-quality diet over the grazing season. Therefore, over a 3-year study, we recorded diet selection, plot use and impact of heifers on sward structure and quality under three different stocking rates (0.6, 1.0 and 1.4 livestock units… CONTINUE READING

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