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multispecies sward

lecture 6

grass family is called Pooideae
perennial ryegrass Lolium perenne
characteristics of perennial ryegrass good digestibility, palatibility,high CHO grows well in good nitrogen soils
too much perennial ryegrass causes loss of biodiversity
health concerns for animals fed on perennial ryegrass rumen acidosis and laminitis
symptoms of acidosis include the rumen stops moving and ph drops to 5.5
symptoms of laminitis include damage to hoofs and to the coffin bone which lead to lameness
transgressive overyielding more grass from a mixture of species than from a monoculture
effect on nematode eggs in a mixture of grasses less survive
Created by: MKHealy