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Effect of timing and intensity of grazing on the herbage quality of a Mediterranean rangeland

Z. Henkin 1, 2  ,  
S. Y. Landau 2,  
E. D. Ungar 2,  
Y. Yehuda 3,  
 
1
Beef Cattle Section, Newe-Ya’ar Research Center, Department of Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 1021, Ramat Yishay, 30095, Israel
2
Department of Agronomy and Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization - the Volcani Center, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
3
MIGAL - Galilee Technological Center, P.O. Box 831, Kiryat Shemona 11016, Israel
4
Department of Plant Sciences, Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2007;16(Suppl. 2):318–322
Publish date: 2007-09-17
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ABSTRACT:
The main objective of this study was to determine the quality of herbage grazed by cattle in hilly Mediterranean grassland under different grazing management systems. The study was conducted at the Karei Deshe experimental farm, located in eastern Galilee (Israel), between the 2003 and 2005 grazing seasons. Treatments comprised stocking rates of 0.9 and 1.8 ha per cow, and systems of continuous and seasonal (early vs late) grazing. Herbage was sampled at four periods during each grazing season. Samples were analysed for digestibility, protein, ADF, NDF and ash contents using near infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Significant differences in herbage quality were found between periods, years and their interaction. Herbage quality in paddocks grazed continuously or early in the season was significantly higher than in those grazed late in the season. Stocking rate had a relatively minor effect on herbage quality.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Z. Henkin   
Beef Cattle Section, Newe-Ya’ar Research Center, Department of Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization, P.O. Box 1021, Ramat Yishay, 30095, Israel
 
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