Home About Browse Search
Svenska


Grazing and fouling behaviour of cattle on different vegetation types within heterogeneous semi-natural and naturalised pastures

Pelve, Maja Elisabeth and Spörndly, Eva and Olsson, Ingemar and Glimskär, Anders (2020). Grazing and fouling behaviour of cattle on different vegetation types within heterogeneous semi-natural and naturalised pastures. Livestock Science. 241 , 104253
[Journal article]

[img] PDF
762kB

Abstract

In a two-year study, grazing, resting and fouling behaviour of cattle grazing on heterogeneous semi-natural/naturalised continuously grazed, fenced pasture areas (sites), were examined using two and nine sites in year 1 and 2. Five vegetation types were identified and mapped out on the sites used in the study: four typical speciesrich semi-natural vegetation types (dry, mesic, wet, shaded), and one naturalised, grass-dominated type on former fertilised arable land. The two sites used in year 1 and seven sites in year 2 contained all five vegetation types, while one or two vegetation types (dry and wet) were absent on the remaing two sites in year 2. Behaviour was recorded over 24 h on three occasions in year 1, and on one occasion in year 2. During observation hours, animal behaviour (grazing/resting/other) and vegetation type grazed were recorded at 5-minute intervals and time and location of defecation and urination were recorded continuously. Vegetation types were sampled for herbage analysis directly after behaviour observations by cutting the vegetation in three random plots per type. Relative preference for grazing, resting and fouling was calculated for each vegetation type by dividing proportion of behaviour observations spent on a specific vegetation type by proportion of total area occupied by this vegetation type. The results showed that during both years, animals showed the greatest relative preference for the naturalised vegetation type when grazing or fouling (urination and defecation). The naturalised vegetation type also had the greatest content of metabolisable energy (from 9.8 to 10.1 MJ/kg DM) and crude protein (from 131 to 157 g/kg DM) and the least content of neutral detergent fibre (from 453 to 456 g/kg DM).

Authors/Creators:Pelve, Maja Elisabeth and Spörndly, Eva and Olsson, Ingemar and Glimskär, Anders
Title:Grazing and fouling behaviour of cattle on different vegetation types within heterogeneous semi-natural and naturalised pastures
Series Name/Journal:Livestock Science
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:241
Article number:104253
Number of Pages:5
Publisher:ELSEVIER
ISSN:1871-1413
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Grazing behaviour, Cattle, Fouling, Nutritive value, Semi-natural pasture, Naturalised pasture
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110787
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110787
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.livsci.2020.104253
Web of Science (WoS)000616496700051
ID Code:22669
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:25 Feb 2021 15:03
Metadata Last Modified:25 Feb 2021 15:11

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Downloads

Downloads per year (since September 2012)

View more statistics

Downloads
Hits