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Productivity and pre- and post-grazing quality of pasture cultivars in a grazing trial


Sattler, S and Lane, PA and Parsons, D and Smith, R, Productivity and pre- and post-grazing quality of pasture cultivars in a grazing trial, Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia, 25-27 July 2012, Launceston, Tasmania (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


Selecting appropriate pasture species for Tasmania’s environmental conditions is fundamental in establishing quality, productive and sustainable pastures. To develop a greater understanding of the productivity and suitability of individual grass cultivars within the Tasmania environment, studies on growth and quality parameters of a range of cultivars grown in monocultures are required. Results obtained from a single sampling program as part of a larger grazing experiment indicated the benefit of more intensive measurements to compliment animal performance data and total herbage yield estimates pre-grazing. The tall fescue cultivar, FlechaMaxP, produced the greatest herbage mass compared to all other cultivars over an autumn and early winter sampling period. However, it also contained the greatest proportion of fibrous and dead material within the total herbage mass sample. The ryegrass cultivars, Banquett II and Victoca, Exceltas and three cocksfoot cultivars were overall similar in yield and quality both pre- and post-grazing. A grazing effect was also evident throughout the trial, where pre grazing samples had significantly higher proportions of green herbage mass, higher nitrogen content and lower fibre, compared to post grazing samples.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture nutrition
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Objective Field:Sown pastures (excl. lucerne)
UTAS Author:Sattler, S (Mr Stephen Sattler)
UTAS Author:Lane, PA (Associate Professor Peter Lane)
UTAS Author:Parsons, D (Dr David Parsons)
UTAS Author:Smith, R (Dr Rowan Smith)
ID Code:78695
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2012-07-20
Last Modified:2013-02-27

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