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The utilisation of maize-crop residues for overwintering livestock: 3. Livestock performance as affected by different cattle to sheep ratios when grazing maize-crop residues



The utilisation of maize-crop residues for overwintering livestock: 3. Livestock performance as affected by different cattle to sheep ratios when grazing maize-crop residues



South African Journal of Animal Science 28(1): 24-29



During 1993, different ratios of cattle:sheep grazed maize-crop residues at the Dundee Research Station. The treatments comprised cattle only (T1; 8 heifers), high cattle:low sheep (T2; 6 heifers:8 wethers), low cattle:high sheep (T3; 4 heifers:17 wethers) and sheep only (T4; 36 wethers). A stocking rate of 2.3 LSU (large stock unit)/ha was applied to all treatments. Grazing commenced on 29 June 1993 and was terminated on 27 September 1993, providing 91 grazing days. Although the highest proportion of residues (54.8%) was utilised in T4, cattle alone or cattle with sheep had a larger live mass gain/ha than sheep only grazing the residues.

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