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Short-term changes of the feeding value of two ryegrass species as related to stage of maturity: continuous digestion trials with sheep



Short-term changes of the feeding value of two ryegrass species as related to stage of maturity: continuous digestion trials with sheep



Agribiological Research 52(2): 171-181



A study was conducted to examine the time interval that is necessary for a reliable assessment of short-term changes of the organic matter (OM) digestibility of 2 species of ryegrass, perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne, variety Gremie) and Italian ryegrass (L. multiflorum, variety Lema). The two grasses were harvested daily between 23 April and 19 June during primary spring growth in 1991 and each grass was offered to a group of 5 sheep for ad libitum intake.

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