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Pasture management to withstand trampling from dairy cows

Increasing herd size is causing problems with trampling damage to pasture and dirty dairy cattle. We evaluated four seed mixtures in four grazing seasons and the trampling resistance with respect to vegetation recover. We evaluated the durability and cost of three ground stabilizing materials

Increasing herd size is causing problems with trampling damage to pasture and dirty dairy cattle. The objectives were to 1) compare four seed mixtures in four grazing seasons to evaluate trampling resistance with respect to vegetation cover, effects on botanical composition, biomass production, and nutritional content 2) assess three ground stabilising materials in paddock entrances compared to taking no action. The mixtures were grazed on 17 occasions and the degree of vegetation cover was overall high (above 88 %). Two grazing events had heavy rain and caused severe trampling damage but after rest, the sward recovered. White clover and tall fescue content decreased, and smooth meadow-grass content increased. Perennial ryegrass persisted well. Mixtures with clover had higher metabolizable energy, crude protein content (mid- and late summer) and lower fiber content than mixtures without clover. Crushed stone with lime at paddock entrance had low deformation and a reasonable cost.


Summary

Project name

Withstanding trampling from cattle

Status

Completed

RISE role in project

Project leader/project member

Project start

Duration

2018-12-31

Total budget

2,6 SEK

Partner

Swedish university of agricultural sciences department of animal nutrition and management, Swedish university of agricultural sciences department of crop production ecology

Funders

Stftelsen lantbruksforskning

Project website

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

3. Good health and well-being
12. Responsible consumption and production
Eva Salomon

Contact person

Eva Salomon

Docent Enhetschef

+46 10 516 69 61
eva.salomon@ri.se

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