Next Article in Journal
3,4-Dimethylpyrazole Phosphate (DMPP) Reduces N2O Emissions from a Tilled Grassland in the Bogotá Savanna
Previous Article in Journal
Effect of Irrigation Regimes and Soil Texture on the Potassium Utilization Efficiency of Rice
Open AccessArticle

Livestock Performance for Sheep and Cattle Grazing Lowland Permanent Pasture: Benchmarking Potential of Forage-Based Systems

1
Rothamsted Research, Sustainable Agriculture Sciences, North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon EX20 2SB, UK
2
University of Bristol, Bristol Veterinary School, Langford, Somerset BS40 5DU, UK
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Agronomy 2019, 9(2), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy9020101
Received: 29 January 2019 / Revised: 15 February 2019 / Accepted: 18 February 2019 / Published: 21 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Grassland and Pasture Science)
Here we describe the livestock performance and baseline productivity over a two-year period, following the establishment of the infrastructure on the North Wyke Farm Platform across its three farmlets (small farms). Lowland permanent pastures were continuously stocked with yearling beef cattle and ewes and their twin lambs for two years in three farmlets. The cattle came into the farmlets as suckler-reared weaned calves at 195 ± 32.6 days old weighing 309 ± 45.0 kg, were housed indoors for 170 days then turned out to graze weighing 391 ± 54.2 kg for 177 days. Therefore, it is suggested for predominantly grass-based systems with minimal supplementary feeding that target live weight gains should be 0.5 kg/day in the first winter, 0.9 kg/day for summer grazing and 0.8 kg/day for cattle housed and finished on silage in a second winter. The sheep performance suggested that lambs weaned at 100 days and weighing 35 kg should finish at 200 days weighing 44 to 45 kg live weight with a killing out percentage of 44%. Good levels of livestock production are possible with grass and forage-based systems using little or no additional supplementary concentrate feeds. View Full-Text
Keywords: sheep; cattle; grazing; permanent pasture; fertiliser; lowland sheep; cattle; grazing; permanent pasture; fertiliser; lowland
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

MDPI and ACS Style

Orr, R.J.; Griffith, B.A.; Rivero, M.J.; Lee, M.R.F. Livestock Performance for Sheep and Cattle Grazing Lowland Permanent Pasture: Benchmarking Potential of Forage-Based Systems. Agronomy 2019, 9, 101.

AMA Style

Orr RJ, Griffith BA, Rivero MJ, Lee MRF. Livestock Performance for Sheep and Cattle Grazing Lowland Permanent Pasture: Benchmarking Potential of Forage-Based Systems. Agronomy. 2019; 9(2):101.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Orr, Robert J.; Griffith, Bruce A.; Rivero, M. J.; Lee, Michael R.F. 2019. "Livestock Performance for Sheep and Cattle Grazing Lowland Permanent Pasture: Benchmarking Potential of Forage-Based Systems" Agronomy 9, no. 2: 101.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop