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Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation devoted to the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal areas. It is composed of 13 member States (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and operates through its 4 Institutes based in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain) and the Headquarters based in Paris.

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Range management and cows ’ consumption of Trichloris crinita  [2014]

Klich, M G;

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Continuous use of the livestock fields in the middle valley of the river Negro, Northern Patagonia, Argentina is causing rangeland degradaion. Cattle breeding using rotation regimes between plots of known vegetation composition in a valley field, with 303 mm historical annual rainfall, was planned to evaluate the population of Trichloris crinita, a native to the Americas known by the common name False Rhodes Grass, and to estimate its consumption and preference by cows. To describe the floristic composition, identification of the plant species was undertaken on point intercepting lines. The diet of the grazing animals was deter- mined by microhistological studies using epidermal characteristics to identify the plant components in fecal samples of cows. Plots at the lower edge of the plateau that surrounds the valley, with alluvial soils and little biodiversity, where T. crinita grows spontaneously, were left free from animals during the summer and au - tumn, allowing vegetative and reproductive development of the plant species. The use of this forage in win- ter as deferred pasture permitted the increase of the T. crinita population with higher annual dry matter pro- duction per plant, and it resulted in enhanced cow consumption

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Options Méditerranéennes. Series A: Mediterranean Seminars