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Parameters influencing preference by sheep in soft leaved tall fescue genotypes

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An important disadvantage of tall fescue ( Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is its low voluntary intake, resulting in suboptimal performances of cattle grazing tall fescue. Ideally selection for this trait is done by animals themselves, but the use of grazing animals in large breeding programmes is laborious. Repeatable, stable and quantifi able parameters that can be linked to animal preference could ease tall fescue breeding. We established a trial to fi nd relations between the grazing preference of sheep and other plant parameters. Twenty clones were selected from a breeding programme and swards of 2 m 2 were planted with three replications for each clone. On four different occasions in 2014, sheep were allowed to graze the clones and grazing preference was determined visually. Prior to the grazing, multiple morphological and chemical parameters were measured. Parameters that were correlated with sheep preference were digestibility (r = 0.86), water soluble carbohydrate content (r = 0.74) crude fi ber content (r = −0.67), leaf blade width (r = 0.57) and sward height (r = −0.53).

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Shahidi, Reihaneh, Mathias Cougnon, Eric Struyf, Marie-Christine Van Labeke, and Dirk Reheul. 2016. “Parameters Influencing Preference by Sheep in Soft Leaved Tall Fescue Genotypes.” In Breeding in a World of Scarcity : Proceedings of the 2015 Meeting of the Section “Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses” of Eucarpia, ed. Isabel Roldàn-Ruiz, Joost Baert, and Dirk Reheul, 283–287. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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Shahidi, R., Cougnon, M., Struyf, E., Van Labeke, M.-C., & Reheul, D. (2016). Parameters influencing preference by sheep in soft leaved tall fescue genotypes. In I. Roldàn-Ruiz, J. Baert, & D. Reheul (Eds.), Breeding in a world of scarcity : proceedings of the 2015 meeting of the section “Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses” of Eucarpia (pp. 283–287). Presented at the 31st Symposium of Eucarpia’s “Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses” Section, Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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Shahidi R, Cougnon M, Struyf E, Van Labeke M-C, Reheul D. Parameters influencing preference by sheep in soft leaved tall fescue genotypes. In: Roldàn-Ruiz I, Baert J, Reheul D, editors. Breeding in a world of scarcity : proceedings of the 2015 meeting of the section “Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses” of Eucarpia. Cham, Switzerland: Springer; 2016. p. 283–7.
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Shahidi, Reihaneh, Mathias Cougnon, Eric Struyf, et al. “Parameters Influencing Preference by Sheep in Soft Leaved Tall Fescue Genotypes.” Breeding in a World of Scarcity : Proceedings of the 2015 Meeting of the Section “Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses” of Eucarpia. Ed. Isabel Roldàn-Ruiz, Joost Baert, & Dirk Reheul. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2016. 283–287. Print.
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  abstract     = {An important disadvantage of tall fescue ( Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is its low voluntary intake, resulting in suboptimal performances of cattle grazing tall fescue. Ideally selection for this trait is done by animals themselves, but the use of grazing animals in large breeding programmes is laborious. Repeatable, stable and quantifi able parameters that can be linked to animal preference could ease tall fescue breeding. We established a trial to fi nd relations between the grazing preference of sheep and other plant parameters. Twenty clones were selected from a breeding programme and swards of 2 m 2 were planted with three replications for each clone. On four different occasions in 2014, sheep were allowed to graze the clones and grazing preference was determined visually. Prior to the grazing, multiple morphological and chemical parameters were measured. Parameters that were correlated with sheep preference were digestibility (r = 0.86), water soluble carbohydrate content (r = 0.74) crude fi ber content (r = \ensuremath{-}0.67), leaf blade width (r = 0.57) and sward height (r = \ensuremath{-}0.53).},
  author       = {Shahidi, Reihaneh and Cougnon, Mathias and Struyf, Eric and Van Labeke, Marie-Christine and Reheul, Dirk},
  booktitle    = {Breeding in a world of scarcity : proceedings of the 2015 meeting of the section 'Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses' of Eucarpia},
  editor       = {Rold{\`a}n-Ruiz, Isabel and Baert, Joost and Reheul, Dirk},
  isbn         = {9783319289304},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent, Belgium},
  pages        = {283--287},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {Parameters influencing preference by sheep in soft leaved tall fescue genotypes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28932-8\_42},
  year         = {2016},
}

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