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Title: Rotational and continuous stocking of steers grazing Alamo switchgrass in south Alabama
Year: 1996
Author(s): Maposse, I. C., Bransby, D. I, Gamble, B. E.
Source Title: Proceedings of 1996 American Forage and Grassland Council
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 24-28
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Abstract: Switchgrass is a warm-season grass with high potential for Alabama. Grazing research could determine the potential role of this forage in existing forage systems, particularly for early-spring and early-fall. A study was conducted with steers to determine average daily gain (ADG) and gain/acre (GPA) of steers, and forage responses to 2.31, 3.08 and 3.85 steers/acre under continuous stocking or rotational stocking, The experiment was arranged as a randomized complete block design with 2 replications. Treatment responses were observed only late in the season, when ADG was in decline. There were no differences between the stocking methods in ADG or GPA at optimum stocking rates, but CS tended towards a higher optional stocking rate (4.47 vs 4.25 steers/acre). There was more forage present under RS at high SR. Forage present declined with increased SR under CS, but was affected less under RS. There was more ground litter present at the high SR for RS than for CS. Leaf to stem ratio (LSR) decreased as SR increased, and RS had higher LSR than CS in August. However, the leaf fraction was less than 5% of total dry matter at this point.
Publisher: American Forage and Grassland Council. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Editor(s): M. J. Williams