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Realizing The Potential Of British Grasslands: Some Problems And Possibilities

Alec Lazenby, Kathleen M. Down
Published 1982 · Geography

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Abstract Grass is easily the most important crop in Britain and an analysis is made of the factors affecting its yield and quality. There follows some mention of grass utilization, and of the concept of Metabolizable Energy which enables feed value of forage to be related to nutrient requirements of ruminant animals. Grassland output could be doubled if known technology on herbage production and utilization were implemented nationwide, and an analysis is included of why the crop is presently so under-used. Prospects for milk and meat production are assessed and the importance of improving grassland management stressed, both to maintain the farmer's living standards and to increase market competitiveness. Major research objectives are highlighted and the need for close contact between the researcher, adviser and farmer emphasized to achieve full exploitation of grassland at least cost.
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