oa Agriprobe - Forage quantity and quality from kikuyu pasture over-sown with rygrass and clover

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



Kikuyu <I>(Pennisetum clandestinum)</I> is considered an important summer and autumn pasture which is climatologically well adapted in the main milk producing areas of the Southern Cape. The main problem experienced with kikuyu is that the winter and spring production is low and the exclusion of legumes make it dependent on nitrogen that increases the input cost. Annual ryegrass <I>Lolium multiflorum spp.)</I>, perennial ryegrass <I>(Lolium perenne)</I>, perennial white <I> (Trifolium repens)</I> and red clover <I>(Trifolium pratense)</I> can be incorporated into an existing kikuyu stand to improve pasture quality and spring production. The aim of the study was to determine the persistence of these species, quantify the seasonal dry matter yield, quality and grazing capacity of <UL><LI>kikuyu (K), </LI><LI>kikuyu over-sown with annual ryegrass (KR), </LI><LI>kikuyu over-sown with a mixture of perennial ryegrass and perennial white and red clovers (KRC)</LI><LI>and kikuyu over-sown with a mixture of only perennial white and red clovers (KC).</LI></UL>

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