The influence of feedback on hay pastures.

  • Rethman N.F.G.
  • Beukes B.H.


The feeding of hay to sheep or cattle on an Eragrostis curvula pasture during the winter months has a most beneficial effect on the response of the pasture to fertilization in subsequent seasons. Low rates of feedback (10 t/ha) had an effect for two seasons whilst the effect of 30 t/ha lasted for at least three seasons and was much greater. Unfortunately the latter treatment resulted in bare areas in the pasture during the following season.

Keywords: cattle; eragrostis curvula; feeding; fertilization; hay; nooitgedacht research station; pasture; response; sheep; south africa; treatment


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eISSN: 1727-9380
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