Original Articles

Evaluation of veld potential in east griqualand using beef cattle under two grazing management systems

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1984.9647982
Author(s): U.P. KreuterDepartment of Agriculture (Natal Region),, G.M. BrockettDepartment of Agriculture (Natal Region),, A.D. LyleDepartment of Agriculture (Natal Region),, N.M. TaintonDepartment of Grassland Science,, D.I. BransbyDepartment of Grassland Science,

Abstract

Beef production from veld, in the short term, was found to be greater under a continuous grazing system than under a rotational grazing system. Average daily gains decreased from a maximum in late‐spring and the highest three‐year mean value was 0,5 kg/animal/day. Livemass gains/ha were highest at a stocking rate of 2,2 animals/ha and were 131,4 kg/ha under continuous grazing and 88,6 kg/ha under rotational grazing. Estimated mean maximum gains/ha were 0,78 kg/ha/day at a stocking rate of 2,5 animals/ha under continuous grazing and 0,55 kg/ha/day at a stocking rate of 1,7 animals/ha under rotational grazing. However, optimum economic stocking rates were estimated to occur below those where beef production/ha was maximum.

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