oa Agriprobe - The effect of supplementing maize silage to Jersey cows on kikuyu pasture

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



Kikuyu <I>(Pennisetum clandestinum)</I> comprises the greater part of irrigated summer and autumn pasturage for milk production in the Southern Cape. Milk production per cow is limited by low forage quality. The aim of the study was to determine the milk production from kikuyu (K), kikuyu oversown with annual ryegrass <I>(Lolium multiflorum</I> spp. cv Energa) (KR), kikuyu oversown with a mixture of perennial ryegrass <I>Lolium perenne</I> cv Yatsyn, Dobson) and perennial white clover (Trifolium repens cv Haifa, Waverley) and red clover <I>(Trifolium pratense</I> cv Kenland, Cherokee) (KRC) and kikuyu oversown with a mixture of perennial white and red clover (KC). The trial was carried out under irrigation using Jersey cows in a put-and-take grazing system. Fertiliser was applied to raise phosphorus level to 35 mg/kg, potash level to 80 mg/kg and the pH (KCL) to 5, 5. No nitrogen was applied to the KC and KRC pastures.

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