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grazing

1. actions of herbivorous animals eating growing pasture or cereal crop.
2. area of pasture or cereal crop to be used as standing feed. See also pasture.

grazing behavior
most grazing species prefer grazing in daylight hours and graze as a social or herd unit, all performing the same function at about the same time.
block grazing
see rotational grazing (below).
continuous grazing
the livestock are left in the field for long periods without rotation; a common practice in extensive farming systems where internal parasites are not a problem.
deferred grazing
a field is closed up and not used for grazing for the spring and summer but is then grazed as mature autumn feed. This may be a tactic to provide grazing at a time when pasture is usually in short supply, or it may be to allow a pasture to regenerate. Called also autumn saving.
grazing fee
see agist.
leader-follower grazing
the age group most susceptible to helminth infestation grazes the pasture first and are followed by the less susceptible older groups.
grazing pattern
the way in which each herbivorous species grazes a pasture, including closeness of cropping, preference for grass over clover over browse.
rented grazing
see agist.
rotational grazing
the herd or flock is moved frequently (days to weeks) from field to field in a management system aimed at reducing worm load and increasing production of dry matter. In many circumstances it does neither. Called also block grazing. See also rotation programs.
strip grazing
the field is grazed in strips which are changed every 1 to 3 days. This is done by careful placement of an electric fence so that the grazing strip is moved further and further away from the entrance to the field.
zero grazing
an animal husbandry strategy in which the plant material is harvested daily and fed to livestock in a dry lot. Avoids damage to pasture by cattle walking on it but requires much higher capital investment for harvesting machinery, construction and maintenance.
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Despite this author have found that Italian ryegrass should not be grazed at swards heights below 10cm (when the objective of grazing management is to optimize instantaneous herbage intake rate), in our experiment we have decided to include a more severe post grazing height to test the plastic limit response of this plant (4cm).
Herbage samples were collected 1 day before grazing when the swards reached their target pre-grazing heights (15 or 25cm).
The covariance matrix was selected according to the Akaike information criterion (AIC), and the grazing cycles were considered as repeated measures.
The provision of supplements for grazing animals can also change ingestive behavior, either stimulating or reducing forage intake, because different types of supplement cause different changes in behavioral habits of herbivores (POMPEU et al.
This study evaluated the ingestive behavior of hoggets under intermittent grazing exclusively on ryegrass pasture or when given different supplements.
The experimental animals, regardless of the type of supplement given, occupied the same area for grazing.
HiPal is a 16-clone synthetic selected for improved palatability by grazing sheep (Ovis ssp.
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Two plants per replicate were selected based on vigorous growth scores and greater than 50% of the biomass consumed during all four grazing periods.
Recent comprehensive reviews addressing animal grazing behavior are available and will be left to the reader (Coleman et al.
The various ingestive behavioral measurements have seldom been used to estimate long-term DM intake or to explain differences in intake on daily animal responses among grazing management strategies in a production setting.
The general lack of application of grazing behavior measurements to production systems is neither a criticism of previous research nor of this general area of research.