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dc.contributor.authorBurns, G. A.*
dc.contributor.authorO'Kiely, Padraig*
dc.contributor.authorGrogan, D.*
dc.contributor.authorWatson, S.*
dc.contributor.authorGilliland, T. J.*
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-10T11:53:49Z
dc.date.available2016-08-10T11:53:49Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-13
dc.identifier.citationBurns, G., O’Kiely, P., Grogan, D., et al. (2016). Comparison of herbage yield, nutritive value and ensilability traits of three ryegrass species evaluated for the Irish Recommended List. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 54(1), pp. 31-40. doi:10.1515/ijafr-2015-0003en_GB
dc.identifier.issn2009-9029
dc.identifier.issn0791-6833 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/1040
dc.descriptionpeer-revieweden_GB
dc.description.abstractThis study examined 169 of the newest varieties of three ryegrass species, perennial (Lolium perenne L.), Italian (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) and hybrid (Lolium boucheanum Kunth), from Recommended List trials in Ireland. The traits examined were yield, dry matter concentration, three nutritive value traits (in vitro dry matter digestibility, water-soluble carbohydrate on a dry matter basis and crude protein concentration) and two ensilability traits (buffering capacity and water soluble carbohydrate concentration on an aqueous phase basis). Varietal monocultures of each species underwent a six cut combined simulated grazing and silage management in each of two years following sowing. Perennial ryegrass yielded less than both other species in one-year-old swards, but less than only Italian ryegrass in two-year-old swards, but generally had the higher in vitro dry matter digestibility and crude protein values. Italian ryegrass displayed the most favourable ensilability characteristics of the three species with perennial ryegrass less favourable and hybrid ryegrass intermediate. Overall, despite the high yields and favourable nutritive value and ensilability traits recorded, the general differences between the three ryegrass species studied were in line with industry expectations. These findings justify assessing the nutritive value and ensilability of ryegrass species, in addition to yield, to allow farmers select species that match farming enterprise requirements.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipWe acknowledge the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for funding provided through the Research Stimulus Fund (07 526)en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherTeagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Irelanden_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIrish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research;vol 54
dc.subjectLoliumen_GB
dc.subjectRyegrassen_GB
dc.subjectQualityen_GB
dc.subjectEnsilabilityen_GB
dc.subjectChemical compositionen_GB
dc.titleComparison of herbage yield, nutritive value and ensilability traits of three ryegrass species evaluated for the Irish Recommended Listen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.identifier.rmisMKGS-0209-5793
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ijafr-2015-0003
dc.contributor.sponsorDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
dc.contributor.sponsorGrantNumberRSF 07 526
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