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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  sid.bosworth@uvm.edu



Introduction
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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