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Improved knowledge of breed and stocking rate effects on agronomic output from biodiverse grasslands

This result provides improved knowledge of the agronomic outcomes of using different breeds or stocking rates for management of biodiverse grasslands. The key innovative feature is that this is one of the few such breed comparisons that have been made. The results show that good individual animal performance can be obtained at moderate or lenient stocking rates but that performance per ha suffers at lower stocking rates. Differences between the breeds of animal studied were small. The results are about to be published in a refereed paper. The results will be used by farmers and conservation managers to inform their management of biodiverse grasslands and by policy makers to design appropriate schemes and subsidy regimes that take account of the agronomic outcomes. The expected benefit is better predictability of scheme outcomes and more targeted use of subsidies to those areas where they are most needed.

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Goettingen University
Georg-August-Universitaet, Goettingen, Institut fuer Pflanzenbau & Pflanzenzuechtung, Von-Siebold Strasse 8
37075 Goettingen
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