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.
Withstanding trampling from cattle
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Swedish university of agricultural sciences department of animal nutrition and management, Swedish university of agricultural sciences department of crop production ecology