An overview of forage trials conducted by CARDI in Dominica

Since 1983, CARDI has been evaluating a "Livestock Management System" for small farms in Dominica, aimed at alleviating some of the major constraints associated with livestock. production. This work is supported by on-station and on-farm trials with improved forages. An evaluation of ten grass and grass/legume mixtures for "cut and carry" systems, showed that dry matter yields of 20.4t/ha and 18.1t/ha came from grass mixes of Pennisetum purpureum plus Brachiaria decumbens and grass-legume mixes of P. purpureum, Cyndodon plectostachysus, Centrosema pubescens and Stylosanthes hamata respectively. The cutting interval was ten weeks. In a study of a 11 year round production of P. purpureum, dry matter yields of about 25t/ha were obtained at two locations. In a trial evaluating four forage legumes, S. hamata and Desmodium intortum were the most persistent.

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Aug 23 1987
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