K. Garrett, A. Greer, C. Logan and P. Gregorini, Lincoln University
Hypothesis: Conventional farming aims to meet nutrient requirements of the average animal. Dietary diversity and variety could improve health and welfare, product quality and bring environmental benefits.
Methods: 7 rams were allocated each to 1. variety, 2. monotonous mix, 3. monotony ryegrass for 40 days. Metabolism crates measurements and behavioural observations.
Results: Average Daily Gains (ADG) were higher with variety and behaviour differences were measured, i.e. more alert in variety treatment.
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