Sward structure and bite mass

Does sward structure affect bite mass of grazing cattle?
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit)

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Summary

Dry matter intake (DMI) is a key factor for animal performance in pasture-based systems. While pasture DMI depends greatly on forage quality and availability, forage …

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Biofuels research

Management and Life Cycle Assessment of Bioenergy Crop Production
Dr. Paul R. Adler, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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Background

The focus of the program has been on the potential use of marginal croplands for biofuel production conducting research at multiple scales on the …

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Integrated Farming Systems

Integrated Farming Systems Research: Developing Profitable and Environmentally Sound Farming Systems for Animal Production
Dr. Alan Rotz, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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More Sustainable Farms are Needed

Dairy and beef farms are major contributors to the economy of the northeast region. Increasing production …

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Seed banks in pastures and hayfields

Seed Banks in Pastures and Hayfields of the University of New Hampshire Organic Dairy
Matt Sanderson and Robert Stout, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA
Kevin Brussell and Charles Schwab, University of New Hampshire, Durham

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Buried seed in pasture soils are …

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Appetite and grazing behavior

LINKING PASTURE AND ANIMAL PROCESSES: The effect of appetite on the way they graze
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management
Research Unit

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Facts

  • Appetite motivates animals to eat.
  • Level of appetite influences pasture intake rate and grazing dynamics.
  • Ruminal fill is inversely …
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