Original Articles

Potential of medic and lucerne pastures in the rûens area of the Southern Cape

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1987.9648080
Author(s): J.M. van HeerdenDepartment of Agriculture and Water Supply (Winter Rainfall Region),, N.M. TaintonDepartment of Grassland Science,


The potential of dryland lucerne and medic pastures was compared over a range of stocking rates, i.e. three, four, five, six, seven and eight merino ewes per hectare, in the Rûens area of the Southern Cape. It was found that the animal production potential of lucerne pastures was higher than that of medic pastures. This was attributed to the higher amount of available green pasture material during summer and the higher average legume content of the green material throughout the year on the lucerne pastures. Curvilinear relationships were apparent in most cases between production per animal and stocking rate on both pasture types.

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