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Record number 325130
Title Explorative research into quality of slurry manure from dairy farms with different feeding strategies
Author(s) Reijs, J.W.; Meijer, W.H.; Bakker, E.J.; Lantinga, E.A.
Source Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science 51 (2003)1-2. - ISSN 0028-2928 - p. 67 - 89.
Department(s) Department of Animal Sciences
Mathematical and Statistical Methods - Biometris
Biological Farming Systems
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2003
Keyword(s) rundveemest - rundveedrijfmest - stikstof - diervoedering - grasbestand - fytotoxiciteit - grassen - klavers - biotesten - melkveehouderij - cattle manure - cattle slurry - nitrogen - animal feeding - herbage - phytotoxicity - grasses - clovers - bioassays - dairy farming - cress lepidium-sativum - seed-germination - sewage-sludge - cattle feces - growth - mineralization - decomposition - netherlands - deterrents
Categories Manure treatment / Animal Nutrition and Feeding (General)
Abstract To assess cattle slurry manure quality in relation to feeding strategy, a field experiment and a bio-assay were carried out with slurries from four dairy farming systems that used diets differing in protein content and digestibility. Several quality aspects were evaluated. In the field experiment the effects of slurry manure type on herbage rejection by grazing heifers and herbage yield on undisturbed plots under cages were studied for a grass monoculture and a grass/clover mixture. The bio-assay, consisting of a cress (Lepidium sativum L.) seed germination test, was used to study differences in phytotoxicity between the slurry types. After five weeks of undisturbed growth at equal amounts of applied inorganic nitrogen (N), the herbage yields differed statistically for the different slurries. This was probably due to immobilization of N in the case of the two slurries from farming systems in which straw was fed and used as bedding material. Herbage rejection by grazing animals was significantly shown for all slurry types and was significantly and positively correlated with the NH3/NH4 +-N content of the slurry. The slurries showed large differences in phytotoxicity to seeds and seedlings in the bio-assay. Ammonia and electric conductivity appeared to be the most important slurry parameters with inhibiting effects. The slurries with a high C/N ratio showed lowest phytotoxicity. Phytotoxicity in the cress seed germination test did not account for reduced herbage yields in the field experiment. On the contrary, when the slurries were ranked according to their phytotoxicity the order was the same as the ranking on the basis of undisturbed herbage yield. It was concluded that there is a need for other laboratory tests that show greater resemblance with what is observed in the field to assess slurry quality.
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