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SEASONAL VARIATION OF CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND DRY MATTER DIGESTIBILITY OF RANGELANDS IN NW GREECE

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Author(s): I MOUNTOUSIS | K PAPANIKOLAOU | G STANOGIAS | F CHATZITHEODORIDIS | C ROUKOS

Journal: Journal of Central European Agriculture
ISSN 1332-9049

Volume: 9;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 547;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: herbage | chemical composition | in vitro digestibility | northwestern greece

ABSTRACT
This study was carried out to determine the chemical composition and in vitro dry matter digestibility of grazable material, during the growing season of plants, in three different altitudinal zones, in native rangelands, northwestern Greece. Samples were collected during the period from May to October of the years 2004 and 2005. Sample collection was accomplished by cutting aboveground biomass at a height similar to that grazed by small ruminants. The results showed that herbage production was significantly affected (P
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