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Mixed grazing of adult goats and cattle: Lessons from long-term monitoring

Abstract : Mixed grazing of breeding goats and cattle (goats to cattle ratio: about 50 %, based on metabolic weight) was monitored for 2 years on a rotational pasture with the two species grazing together, then for 5 years with cattle grazing immediately after goats. For both modalities, the level of goat parasite infection was not significantly different from that of the control groups. Nevertheless, the association allowed a slight improvement in kid growth and goat productivity, probably in relation to a better food quality. The response of adult goats to mixed grazing is therefore very different from that previously obtained with kids post-weaning. The question of the relationship between heterogeneity of pastures, knowledge of their environment, grazing behaviour of adult goats and risk of infection with gastrointestinal nematodes requires further investigation.
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Maurice Mahieu, Rémy Arquet, Jérôme Fleury, Mathieu Bonneau, Nathalie Mandonnet. Mixed grazing of adult goats and cattle: Lessons from long-term monitoring. Veterinary Parasitology, Elsevier, 2020, 280, pp.109087. ⟨10.1016/j.vetpar.2020.109087⟩. ⟨hal-03198474⟩



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