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Title: Cultivar Preference of Lambs Grazing Forage Chicory in Ohio

item Mccutcheon, Jefferson
item Shulaw, William
item Foster, Joyce
item Cooper, Troy
item Rickard, Bruce
item Wittum, Tom

Submitted to: American Forage and Grassland Council Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/20/2010
Publication Date: 6/21/2010
Citation: Mccutcheon, J., Shulaw, W., Foster, J.G., Cooper, T., Rickard, B., Wittum, T. 2010. Cultivar Preference of Lambs Grazing Forage Chicory in Ohio. In: Proceedings of the American Forage and Grassland Council. June 21-23, 2010, Springfield, Missouri. 2010 CDROM.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This project compared grazing preferences of lambs between seven cultivars of forage chicory (Cichorium intybus L.). This on-farm trial was conducted in central Ohio (40.53 degrees N, 82.46 degrees W, 1089 ft above sea level). The chicory was established by using conventional tillage in Bogart Silt Loam. The seeding rate was 6 lb/ac. The seven commercially available cultivars were ‘Puna’, ‘Oasis’, ‘Choice’, ‘Six-Point’, ‘La Nina’, ‘Lacerta’, and ‘Forage Feast’. The cultivars were planted in a random block design. Each cultivar plot was 0.054 ac. The blocks were replicated three times. Grazing occurred 79 days after planting. Separate groups of 35, 110 day old weaned lambs were grazed on each replicate for 45 minutes. Feed was withheld from lambs for 8 hours prior to grazing. Clippings were taken before and after grazing to determine yield and dry matter consumption. Grab samples were taken from each replicate clipping to determine composition and dry matter. Statistically significant differences in yield, dry matter, and composition were not found. Based on consumption the lambs showed no preference for any chicory cultivar.