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Le pâturage mixte bovins-petits ruminants : l'exemple des Antilles, intérêt et limites

Abstract : Mixed grazing systems, which bring together different livestock species, have benefits for animal health and make more optimal use of forage biomass. Here, we examined the utility of such systems for goat farming in the Antilles. In the French Antilles, when animals were grazed rotationally, the parasite loads of young goats decreased by around 90% when 50% of the goats (in terms of stocking rate) were replaced by cattle. Furthermore, when young cattle and sheep were mixed (using a metabolic weight ratio of 2/3 to 1/3), per-hectare yield increased by 23-24%. Improved yield was also seen with suckling goats, although their parasite loads did not seem to improve when they were grazed with cattle (a hypothesis is tested). In summary, mixed grazing systems could help improve the sustainability of livestock farms.
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Maurice Mahieu, Rémy Arquet. Le pâturage mixte bovins-petits ruminants : l'exemple des Antilles, intérêt et limites. Fourrages, Association Française pour la Production Fourragère, 2019, pp.161-166. ⟨hal-03113268⟩

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