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Exploitation des prairies dans des élevages de chevaux de sport en Basse-Normandie

Abstract : In France, horse breeding farms are mainly located in grassland areas primarily used for cattle farming. This study examines the most widespread practices for grassland management, within operating systems, based on horses and cattle herds. Investigations are carried out in 20 professional farms of Lower Normandy, housing at least 5 riding mares. On average, grasslands represent 80% of the agricultural area, and standing grass is the main feed resource for farm animals (mares and foals up to 3 years). The geographical location of the parcel of land where herds are kept, depends on the daily handling that animals need (broodmares and dairy cows mainly). In mixed horses and cattle farms, farmers tend to have horses and cattle sharing the same parcel of land and whenever possible, at the same time.
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Geneviève Bigot, A. Célié, S. Deminguet, Eric Perret, Jérôme Pavie, et al.. Exploitation des prairies dans des élevages de chevaux de sport en Basse-Normandie. Fourrages, Association Française pour la Production Fourragère, 2011, pp.231-240. ⟨hal-02597140⟩



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