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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Use by Cattle Grazing on Irrigated Pasture

  • Peter Bergen (a1), James R. Moyer (a1) and Gerald C. Kozub (a2)

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Hereford cows and their spring-born calves grazed an irrigated grass pasture containing about 13% dandelion based on dry weight yield. Grazing treatments were 1) no grazing, 2) 4 days of grazing just before clipping, and 3) long-term grazing just before clipping. In clippings taken in June and July after the grazing treatments, the percentage dandelion in the forage was similar in all three grazing treatments, indicating that cattle used dandelion as readily as grass. The protein and mineral contents of dandelion were at appropriate levels to meet the established requirements of beef cattle.

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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Use by Cattle Grazing on Irrigated Pasture

  • Peter Bergen (a1), James R. Moyer (a1) and Gerald C. Kozub (a2)

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