In New Zealand there is increasing use of alternative forage species for finishing lambs. The alternative forages have a higher feeding value as a consequence of the dry matter yield and chemical composition providing for greater intakes and a higher nutritive value (Kemp et al. 2010). Each forage species is unique in its nutrient composition and may provide an advantage for animal production at different times of the year (de Ruiter et al. 2007). To take advantage of the unique attributes of individual forage species, herbage mixes have been proposed to further boost lamb growth.

NM, Schreurs, PR Kenyon, ST Morris, HT Blair, SC Somasiri, and PD Kemp

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 73, Hamilton, 65-67, 2013
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