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Legume-cereal mixtures are important protein and carbohydrate sources for livestock and provide a balanced chemical composition for livestock feeding along with higher green forage yields than the pure stands (Berdahl et al. 2001; Albayrak and Ekiz, 2005). Lucerne is the most important rabi legume crop of Punjab grown under limited irrigation conditions and provides succulent, palatable and nutritious fodder to dairy animals. The fodder yield of first cut of lucerne is very low so it is usually grown in mixture with oats and or mustard. The information on the mixtures of lucerne and suitable cutting times is scant. This study was conducted to assess fodder yield and quality of lucerne mixtures with ryegrass, oat and mustard along with the effects of cutting time.

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Fodder Yield and Quality of Lucerne (Medicago sativa) Grown as Pure Stands and in Mixture with Oats (Avena sativa), Mustard (Brassica campestris) and Ryegrass (Lolium perenne) under Different Cutting Managements

Legume-cereal mixtures are important protein and carbohydrate sources for livestock and provide a balanced chemical composition for livestock feeding along with higher green forage yields than the pure stands (Berdahl et al. 2001; Albayrak and Ekiz, 2005). Lucerne is the most important rabi legume crop of Punjab grown under limited irrigation conditions and provides succulent, palatable and nutritious fodder to dairy animals. The fodder yield of first cut of lucerne is very low so it is usually grown in mixture with oats and or mustard. The information on the mixtures of lucerne and suitable cutting times is scant. This study was conducted to assess fodder yield and quality of lucerne mixtures with ryegrass, oat and mustard along with the effects of cutting time.