Sheep grazing effectively controls weeds in seedling alfalfa
AuthorsCarl E. Bell
Juan N. Guerrero
Authors AffiliationsC.E. Bell is Weed Science Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Imperial County; J.N. Guerrero is Area Livestock Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Imperial County.
Hilgardia 51(2):19-23. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n02p19. March 1997.
A 3-year experiment compared sheep grazing to herbicides for weed control in seedling alfalfa in the Imperial Valley. Yields for the first season were highest with the grazed treatment and the untreated control because of the contribution of weeds to the hay. There was no difference in the alfalfa forage yield and density among any of the treatments. Lambs preferred weeds to the alfalfa, and the nutritional value of the weeds was usually comparable to that of the alfalfa.
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