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Akbar et al., 2000. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., 13 (Suppl.): 526-528

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Akbar, M. A. ; Islam, M. S. ; Bhuiya, M. S. U. ; Islam, M. R. ; Hossain, M. A., 2000. Integration of fodder legumes into rice-based cropping systems in Bangladesh: production of Lathyrus sativus and its use as a supplement to straw-based rations of dairy cows. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., 13 (Suppl.): 526-528
Abstract 

Production of the fodder legume, Lathyrus sativus, was studied in the rice fields of farmers to mitigate a shortage of fodder supply to dairy cattle and to improve soil fertility. Eight farmers broadcast seed of the fodder legume as a relay crop in standing Aman rice. Fodder yield was recorded and soil fertility was assessed. Fodder was harvested after 2 months and fed to milking cows by mixing with straw. Average green yield of fodder was 11.02 t/ha and soil organic matter and nitrogen were increased as a result of legume growth. Milk yield was increased by 20 and 14% in on-farm and research station studies respectively, and milk composition slightly increased due to the supplementation of straw with fodder. It is concluded that the integration of a fodder legume into a rice-based cropping system is a practical solution to fodder shortage and that it restores soil fertility and improves milk yield and milk composition of dairy cows.

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Akbar et al., 2000