Optimizing utilization of preserved orchardgrass

Alvaro Garcia

Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata) is a common, very productive cool-season bunchgrass species, fairly drought resistant, originally native to Europe and North Africa.  It is currently widely used for hay and pasture worldwide because of its high yield and sugar content, which makes it very palatable for cattle. Previous studies noted that orchardgrass had greater nutritive value than other grasses commonly used as feedstuff for cattle, such as bromegrass, tall fescue, and reed canarygrass.

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