Journal article

Effect of pasture sward mix on Pithomyces chartarum spore counts in New Zealand

EL Cuttance, RA Laven, M Stevenson

NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

A set of 18 × 0.5 ha paddocks at the DairyNZ research farm in Hamilton made up from three replicates of six sward mixes had pasture collected weekly from 31 January 2012 to 9 May 2012 and spore counts of Pithomyces chartarum were determined. Low diversity (LD) meant that the paddock was sown with a single grass species (tall fescue, high sugar cultivar, ryegrass) and white clover. High diversity (HD) meant that the paddock was sown with a single grass species and white clover plus prairie grass, chicory, plantain and lucerne. The study aims were to assess the benefit of diversity and sward type in the control of facial eczema. There was no difference in spore counts over time between high di..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge DairyNZ and Sustainable Farming Fund for funding the trial and Veterinary Enterprises Group for providing resources and additional funding to publish the findings.