David Arnold Kaligis

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LONG TERM EVALUATION OF SOME SPECIES OF TROPICAL PASTURE UNDER DIFFERENT GRAZING REGIME IN COCONUT BASED FARMING

David Arnold Kaligis, Selvie Diana Anis

Abstract
Improving the productivity and quality of forage resources for ruminants in shaded environment underneath coconuts plantations needs to study the yield and persistence of the species. Under controlled and free grazing regime grasses species of Stenotaphrum secundatum and Brachiaria humidicola cv. Tully showed a good performance in terms of herbage yield and persistence in heavy grazing, and combined well with legumes, especially Arachis pintoi cv. Amarillo. Rotational grazing regime and ideal stocking rate is needed to ensure the productivity of Brachiaria humidicola cv. Tully pasture and daily gain of cattle in coconut based farming.

Key words: evaluation, tropical pasture, grazing regime, coconut, farming