Journal article

Sensitivity of Winter-Active Lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) to Different Grazing Regimes

Vivianne F Burnett, Jeff R Hirth, Kym L Butler, Meredith L Mitchell, Steve G Clark, Zhongnan Nie

AGRONOMY-BASEL | MDPI | Published : 2018


Lucerne (alfalfa; Medicago sativa L.) is the key forage for grazing in dryland temperate regions around the world. While rotational grazing of lucerne is recommended, in southern Australia the intervals between grazing events are often chosen in an opportunistic manner, to meet livestock production targets and utilise excessive spring and summer growth. To assess whether the persistence of lucerne is sensitive to variations in rotational grazing management practice, we report on an experiment with four sheep grazing treatments that was conducted for 2.5 years, including three summers, in southern New South Wales. The grazing management treatments were a crash-grazing control, frequent grazin..

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Awarded by Grains Research and Development Corporation

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge funding for this research from the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), formerly Department of Primary Industries, Agriculture and Food Initiative and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, project number, DAV 399.