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Title: Festulolium and annual ryegrass pastures associated with white clover for small-scale dairy systems in high valleys of Mexico
Authors: Sánchez Valdés, Jair Jesús
Vega García, Jesús Israel
López González, Felipe
Colín Navarro, Vianey
Marín Santana, María Nayeli
Ávila González, Rodrigo
Jaimez García, Amalia Susana
Heredia Nava, Darwin
Domínguez Vara, Ignacio Arturo
Arriaga Jordán, Carlos Manuel
Gómez Miranda, Aida
Keywords: pastures
white clover
Issue Date: Jun-2023
Publisher: Colegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias Agrícolas
Citation: Sánchez-Valdés, J. J., Vega-García, J. I., López González, F., Colín-Navarro, V., Marín-Santana, M. N., Ávila-González, R., Jaimez-García, A. S., Heredia-Nava, D., Domínguez-Vara, I. A., Arriaga-Jordán, C. M., & Gómez-Miranda, A. (2023). Festulolium and annual ryegrass pastures associated with white clover for small-scale dairy systems in high valleys of Mexico. Agro Productividad.
Series/Report no.: Agro Productividad.;2023: EARLY ACCESS (Vol. IV)
Abstract: Background: The implementation of polyphytic pastures composed of grasses and legumes is an important component of agricultural systems in temperate zones, since grazing pastures which can reduce feed costs— are a viable option for small-scale dairy systems (SSDS). Objective: To evaluate the continuous grazing of dairy cows in Festulolium pastures associated with annual and perennial ryegrass and with clover in two farmrs. Methodology: Two experiments were carried out. The first experiment was established in the municipality of Almoloya of Juárez using eight cows that were divided into two groups of four; the cows grazed on two pastures with Festulolium associated with annual ryegrass and they were fed with 3.6 kg DM/cow/day of commercial concentrate, for 16 weeks. The second experiment was carried out in the Northwest of State of Mexico; six multiparous cows grazed on two pastures, under a cross over design arrangement; one pasture features Festulolium cv Spring Green and the other, annual ryegrass. Milk and body condition ere measured every 3 and 12 d, respectively. Variables from both experiments were analyzed using a split-plot experimental design. Results: Neither experiment recorded significant differences for the net accumulation of forage, the height of the pastures, and their chemical composition (P>0.05). No significant differences between treatments (P>0.05) were recorded regarding the yields and chemical composition of the milk. Study Limitations/Implications: The study of mixed pastures can be an alternative for feeding grazing cows, helping to reduce costs in SSDS. Findings/Conclusions: Festulolium/annual ryegrass pastures with white clover are a viable forage alternative for small-scale dairy systems.
Description: Artículo
ISSN: 2594-0252
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