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Animals, Volume 9, Issue 8 (August 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Seminatural pastures are important to biodiversity but are decreasing as a consequence of [...] Read more. Seminatural pastures are important to biodiversity but are decreasing as a consequence of agricultural intensification and forest encroachment pasture areas. Horse grazing may benefit pasture biodiversity, especially if it is performed year-round. In this study, we investigated the nutritional content of grassland pastures grazed year-round by horses and compared it to pastures excluded from grazing and mowed monthly. The results presented show that true grazing affects energy and nutrient content differently compared to mowing. The results could be used as the basis for recommendations on utilization of seminatural pastures by horses even outside the growing season at this latitude, as an alternative to feeding hay or haylage, for example. View this paper