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MONTAGNER, Denise Baptaglin et al. Pearl Millet pasture management for rearing of beef heifers. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2008, vol.38, n.8, pp. 2293-2299. ISSN 0103-8478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782008000800031.
A study was conducted to evaluate the influence of Pearl Millet pasture (Pennisetum americanum (L.) Leeke) leaf lamina mass (LLM) on beef heifers performance and financial return. The observed LLM were 642 and 1.024kg ha-1 of dry matter (DM) and identified as '600' and '1000'. Daily weight gain, stocking rate, gain per area and body condition score averages were not affected (P>0.05) by changes on LLM. Pearl millet pasture managed between 600 and 1000kg ha-1 of LLM promotes satisfactory beef heifers individuals gains, which allows their mating at 18/20 months of age and average direct financial return of 2.9 for each real invested.
Keywords : economic efficiency; body condition score; leaf lamina mass; Pennisetum americanum.