Forage selection and performance of sheep grazing dry annual range.

N. de Ridder, R.W. Benjamin, H. van Keulen

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    Abstract

    During 114 days of grazing, sheep grazing a dry annual pasture in Israel selected the fine fraction available with a higher nutritive value. As this fraction became depleted and feed quality dropped, organic matter intake dropped from 1.73 to 0.75 kg/sheep/d. Sheep lost weight, body condition and body energy. They did not adjust grazing time to compensate for lower feed availability. Nevertheless, condition remained good enough to attain 100% mating and 134-166% lambing rates.-from Authors
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-51
    JournalJournal of Arid Environments
    Volume10
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1986

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