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Pasture Quality At Shelburne Farms - 2005 Pasture Quality At Shelburne Farms - 2005

Sid Bosworth, Associate Extension Professor, University of Vermont and Nat Bacon, Assistant Farm Manager, Shelburne Farms

For the 2005 growing season, Shelburne Farms (Shelburne, VT) tracked changes in forage quality of their management intensively grazed (MIG) pastures .  These pastures represented mixed species including orchardgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, white clover, timothy, tall fescue and some perennial ryegrass.  Samples were collected once a week from the paddock that was to be grazed next in the sequence.

Each measurement represented samples that were pooled from 6 to 8 subsamples randomly collected from the paddock.  Cutting height depended on the species being sampled and represented what the cows were grazing.  For instance, a bluegrass/white clover mix was cut at a lower height ( to about 2 inches) than orchardgrass (about 4 inches) since that was what the animals were observed doing.  Forage analysis was determined at the University of Vermont Agricultural Testing Lab using NIR technology.

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