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Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira

versão impressa ISSN 0100-204Xversão On-line ISSN 1678-3921

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TRINDADE, Júlio Kuhn da et al. Morphological composition of the herbage consumed by beef cattle during the grazing down process of marandu palisadegrass subjected to rotational strategies. Pesq. agropec. bras. [online]. 2007, vol.42, n.6, pp.883-890. ISSN 1678-3921.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0100-204X2007000600016.

The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of rotational grazing strategies on the morphological composition of the herbage consumed by beef cattle in Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandu swards. Grazings were carried out when swards achieved 95 and 100% of light interception (LI) until postgrazing heights of 10 and 15 cm. Morphological composition of the herbage consumed was determined from extrusa samples harvested from oesophageal-fistulated animals in three occasions, during the grazing down process. As sward height decreased from the pre-grazing condition, the proportion of leaf laminae in the extrusa decreased, and that of stems and dead material increased. Grazing at 100% LI or at 10 cm postgrazing height resulted in lower proportion of leaf laminae and higher proportion of stems and dead material than grazing at 95% LI or 15 cm postgrazing height. The treatment 95/15 ranked consistently among those with the highest proportions of leaf laminae, lowest proportions of stems and dead material; and, at the end of the grazing session, it still had 50% of leaf laminae in the extrusa. In general, the results indicate that more frequent and less severe grazings favour animal to feed on forage with a high proportion of leaf laminae, which increases diet nutritive value.

Palavras-chave : Brachiaria brizantha; diet composition; oesophageal fistulae; extrusa; morphological components; grazing down process.

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