Tropical Grasslands (1989) Volume 23, 129134
BEEF PRODUCTION FROM NITROGEN-FERTILISED MOTT DWARF ELEPHANTGRASS AND PENSACOLA BAHIAGRASS PASTURES
L.E. SOLLENBERGER and C.S. JONES Jr
University of Florida, Department of Agronomy, 0681-IFAS, Gainesville, Florida, USA 32611-0681.
Beef production was compared on pastures of two N-fertilised grasses, a recently released dwarf elephantgrass (Pennisetum purpureum cv. Mott) and bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum cv. Pensacola), the predominant pasture grass in Florida. This study was carried out over 3 years during the summer growing season. Average daily liveweight gain (ADG) over the 3 seasons was 0.97 kg for Mott and 0.38 kg for Pensacola. Average stocking rate (SR) on both grasses was approximately 4 yearling steers/ha, and total beef production/ha averaged 483 kg for Mott and 318 kg for Pensacola.