Grassland management on the ‘Low Cost Farm’: an overview of an eight year period

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    Abstract

    From 1998 to 2006 grassland management has been monitored on the Low Cost research farm in Flevoland, the Netherlands, on young marine clay. Targets for the costs of grassland management on this farm were: low input of mineral fertilizers (N, P), minimal use of herbicides, long grazing season, efficient use of labour and minimal grassland renewal. Rotational grazing and permanent grazing were successively implemented and monitored. The type of management that matched the targets closest, turned out to be a system of continuous grazing. Nitrogen (N) fertilization was reduced from 275 kg ha-1 in 1998 to 145 kg ha-1 in 2003 (including N from slurry). The net average grassland dry matter yield was 11.5 t ha-1. The N and phosphorus (P) content of manure strongly decreased over the years. Permanent grazing reduced labour, improved efficiency of fodder production with lower costs, but lowered the yield.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGrassland in a changing world. Proceedings of the 23rd General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Kiel, Germany, 29th August - 2nd September 2010
    Place of PublicationGöttingen
    PublisherArbeitsgemeinschaft Grünland and Futterbau der Gesellschaft
    Pages112-114
    Volume15
    ISBN (Print)9783869440217
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventMeeting of the European Grassland Federation. Grassland in a changing world -
    Duration: 29 Aug 20102 Sep 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceMeeting of the European Grassland Federation. Grassland in a changing world
    Period29/08/102/09/10

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    Holshof, G., & de Haan, M. H. A. (2010). Grassland management on the ‘Low Cost Farm’: an overview of an eight year period. In Grassland in a changing world. Proceedings of the 23rd General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Kiel, Germany, 29th August - 2nd September 2010 (Vol. 15, pp. 112-114). Arbeitsgemeinschaft Grünland and Futterbau der Gesellschaft. https://www-cabdirect-org/cabdirect/abstract/20103325576