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Wang, CJ; Tas, BM; Glindemann, T; Mueller, K; Schiborra, A; Schoenbach, P; Gierus, M; Taube, F; Susenbeth, A.
(2009): Rotational and continuous grazing of sheep in the Inner Mongolian steppe of China
J ANIM PHYSIOL AN N. 2009; 93(2): 245-252. FullText FullText_BOKU

The aim of this study was to compare the effects of rotational and continuous grazing on herbage mass (HM), organic matter digestibility (dOM) and intake (OMI) and live weight gain (LWG) of sheep grazing on the inner Mongolian steppe, China at a stocking rate of 4.5 sheep/ha during the growing season. In the years 2005 and 2006, four 2-ha plots were used of which two were divided into four 0.5 ha paddocks each for rotational grazing, where sheep were moved each 10 days to the next paddock. The dOM was estimated from faecal crude protein concentration and OMI by oral administration of titanium dioxide. Herbage mass was similar in both grazing systems and dOM and OMI were higher (p < 0.05) at continuous grazing than at rotational grazing, but LWG did not differ probably because of extra energy expenditure for grazing and walking in a larger area. The dOM and OMI decreased (p < 0.05) with progress of the growing season and differed between years. Since precipitation during the growing season in both years was lower than the 30 years average which was probably the reason that positive effects of non-grazing periods on herbage regrowth and quality at rotational grazing could not occur, further studies are required in years with average precipitations before a final evaluation of these grazing systems can be made. Moreover, it seems necessary to quantify energy expenditure for physical activity of animals in grazing studies.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Gierus Martin
Schiborra Anne Kathrin
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rotational and continuous grazing
feed intake
herbage digestibility
live weight gain

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