Allocating spatially separated forage choices to grazing animals overcomes constraints inherent in mixed pastures and sustainably delivers the required diet composition, satisfies their desire for mixed diets, and so offers a simple way to enhance the delivery of the benefits of current and novel forage attributes. Sheep offered grass and clover in this way increased daily dry matter intake by 265 g/day (25%, P<0.05) compared with conventional pasture and sustained 60-70% clover in their diet. Milk production by cows was boosted by 11% (2.4 kg/cow/day, P<0.01).

GP, Cosgrove, AJ Parsons, DM Marotti, SM Rutter, and DF Chapman

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 61, Christchurch, 16-19, 2001
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