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See detailHedges and woody strips browsing by cattle on pasture in Wallonia, Belgium
Vandermeulen, Sophie ULg; Pascal, Mathilde; Marche, Christian et al

in Michalk, David L.; Millar, Geoffrey D.; Badgery, Warwick B. (Eds.) et al Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities: Proceedings 22nd International Grassland Congress, Sydney 15-19 september 2013 (2013, September)

Agri-environmental measures promote woody hedges along meadows in Wallonia, raising the interest in tree and shrub as forage in intensive mixed dairy temperate production systems. This study aimed at (1 ... [more ▼]

Agri-environmental measures promote woody hedges along meadows in Wallonia, raising the interest in tree and shrub as forage in intensive mixed dairy temperate production systems. This study aimed at (1) determining the influence of an access to hedges on the grazing behavior of young cattle and (2) assessing the fermentation characteristics of woody species promoted in Wallonia. Twelve heifers, divided in two groups, were set to graze a ryegrass and white clover-based pasture in May 2012. The first group had access to a hedge composed of 12 temperate tree and shrub species, and the second group grazed the pasture only. The grazing and browsing behavior of the animals was recorded for 4 weeks along with pasture biomass availability, using the hand-plucking method. Samples of the 12 tree species were fermented using rumen fluid in an automated gas pressure monitoring system and gas production kinetics compared to ryegrass and white clover. Results suggest that the feeding behavior was influenced by the hedge. Grazing time of the control group was higher than heifers that could browse woody foliage (P<0.05). Browsing was especially noticeable when grass availability on pasture was lowest. In vitro ruminal fermentation kinetics differed among species (P<0.01) with Populus nigra and Fraxinus excelsior showing a potential of fermentation similar to herbaceous forages. It can be concluded that due to the browsing by cattle some woody species could be interesting as complementary feeding. Besides their attributes regarding the agricultural landscape, their feeding qualities should be considered when planting the hedges. [less ▲]

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See detailEFFET DE LA PROVENANCE ET DE LA PROPORTION DES ACIDES AMINÉS (LYSINE ET MÉTHIONINE) SUR LES PERFORMANCES ZOOÉCONOMIQUES DE LA PINTADE LOCALE GRISE (NUMIDA MELEAGRIS) ÉLEVÉE AU BÉNIN
Houndonougbo, Pascal ULg; HOUAGNI, Synphorose; HOUNDONOUGBO, Frédéric et al

in Journal de la Recherche Scientifique Universitaire de Lomé (Togo) (2013), 15(2), 113-123

Seize (16) semaines d’expérimentation ont permis d’évaluer l’effet de laprovenance des acides aminés (Lysine et Méthionine) de synthèse sur les performances de croissance des pintades locales. Le poids ... [more ▼]

Seize (16) semaines d’expérimentation ont permis d’évaluer l’effet de laprovenance des acides aminés (Lysine et Méthionine) de synthèse sur les performances de croissance des pintades locales. Le poids des pintadeaux nourris aux acides aminés acquis localement au Bénin (lot 1) est passé de 26,09 g à 805,12 g à 16 semaines tandis que celui des pintadeaux nourris aux acides aminés importés directement de la Belgique (lot 2) est passé de 28,25 g à 1079,16 g. Les pintadeaux du lot 2 ont pris par jour en moyenne 1,49 g de plus que ceux du lot1 et les indices de consommation sont plus élevés dans le lot 1 que dans le lot 2 de l’éclosion à 12 semaines (3 contre 2) puis c’est inversé entre 13ième et 16ième semaine. L’amélioration de la proportion de carcasse est plus marquée au niveau du muscle du bréchet (+1,76%) en faveur du lot 2. Le kilogramme de carcasse commercialisable du lot 2 a coûté 400 FCFA de moins que celui du lot 1. En somme comparativement aux acides aminés acheté au Bénin, les acides aminés importés directement de la Belgique ont permis d’améliorer significativement les performances zoo-économiques des pintades locales. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle place pour la viande rouge dans nos assiettes ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailLes ruminants sont des émetteurs importants de gaz à effet de serre : que faire pour les atténuer ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

Scientific conference (2013, April 10)

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See detailTemporal variability of nitrous oxide fluxes from a fertilized grassland in Belgium: preliminary results from dynamic closed chambers.
Beekkerk van Ruth, Jöran ULg; Moureaux, Christine ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 09)

Presentation of preliminary results from N2O measurements over a grassland using dynamic closed chambers. See attached folders for more detail.

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See detailImpact of grazing on carbon balance of an intensively grazed grassland in Belgium
Jerome, Elisabeth ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg; Beekkerk van Ruth, Jöran ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 09)

This work analyzes the impact of grazing on the carbon balance of a grassland grazed by the Belgian Blue breed of cattle. The research was run at the Dorinne terrestrial observatory (DTO). The ... [more ▼]

This work analyzes the impact of grazing on the carbon balance of a grassland grazed by the Belgian Blue breed of cattle. The research was run at the Dorinne terrestrial observatory (DTO). The experimental site is a permanent grassland of ca. 4.2 ha located in the Belgian Condroz (50° 18’ 44’’ N; 4° 58’ 07’’ E; 248 m asl.). Other studies are conducted at the DTO including measurements of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide fluxes (Dumortier et al., Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 15, EGU2013-2083-1, 2013; Beekkerk van Ruth et al., Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 15, EGU2013-3211, 2013, respectively). Grassland carbon budget (Net Biome Productivity, NBP) was calculated from Net Ecosystem Exchange (NEE) measured by eddy covariance by taking imports and exports of organic C and losses of carbon as CH4 into account (Soussana et al., 2010). After 2 years of measurements (May 2010 - May 2012), the grassland behaved on average as a CO2 source (NEE = 73 ±31 g C m-2 y-1). After inclusion of all the C inputs and outputs the site was closed to equilibrium (NBP = 23 ±34 g C m-2 y-1). To analyze the impact of grazing on CO2 fluxes, we studied the temporal evolution of gross maximal photosynthetic capacity GPPmax and dark respiration Rd (deduced from the response of daytime fluxes to radiation over 5-day windows). We calculated GPPmax and Rd variation between the end and the beginning of grazing or non-grazing periods (∆GPPmax and ∆Rd, respectively). We observed a significant decrease of GPPmax during grazing periods and measured a ∆GPPmax dependence on the average stocking rate. This allows us to quantify the assimilation reduction due to grass consumption by cattle. On the contrary, no Rd decrease was observed during grazing periods. Moreover, we found that cumulated monthly NEE increased significantly with the average stocking rate. In addition, a confinement experiment was carried out in order to analyze livestock contribution to Total Ecosystem Respiration. Each experiment extended over two days: the first day, cattle was confined in the footprint of the eddy covariance set-up (1.76 ha, 27 LU ha-1) and the second day, it was removed from it. We compared filtered half-hourly data made at 24h intervals, in the presence or absence of cattle, considering that environmental conditions were equivalent (air temperature, wind speed, radiation and wind direction). Results showed that CO2 fluxes were significantly higher when cattle were on the plot. Livestock contribution estimation to CO2 fluxes was on average 6.6 µmol m-2 s-1. [less ▲]

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See detailAlimentation azotée des animaux de rente
Beckers, Yves ULg

Learning material (2013)

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See detailEvaluation du troisième Programme de Gestion Durable de l'Azote en agriculture. Recommandations en matière de règlementations et de recherches scientifiques
Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Destain, Jean-Pierre ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in Vandenberghe, Christophe; Colinet, Gilles; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) et al 2ème Atelier Nitrate - Eau. Evaluation du Programme de Gestion Durable de l'Azote (2013)

In accordance with the Nitrates Directive, the third “Durable Nitrogen Management Plan” (PGDA) will be soon reviewed in Wallonia (Belgium). The second “Nitrate – Water” workshop took place between 28th ... [more ▼]

In accordance with the Nitrates Directive, the third “Durable Nitrogen Management Plan” (PGDA) will be soon reviewed in Wallonia (Belgium). The second “Nitrate – Water” workshop took place between 28th May and 1st June 2012. The workshop was attended by both Belgian scientists (Université catholique de Louvain - UCL, Walloon Agricultural Research Center CRA-W, Université de Liège - ULg, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech) and French scientists (National Institute for Agricultural Research - INRA). In the light of the results of experiments presented by scientists at this workshop, modifications to the PGDA are now recommended. These concern organic and mineral nitrogen fertilization for crops and meadows; catch crops; soil nitrate-nitrogen residue limitation in autumn, at the start of the nitrate leaching period; the management of meadow ploughing and a modification of the dairy cow standard for nitrogen production. [less ▲]

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See detailValorisation de l'épeautre dans l'alimentation des bovins
Beckers, Yves ULg

Scientific conference (2013, March 19)

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See detailLes légumineuses comme source protéique dans la ration des ruminants
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailD31-1254: Influence de l'âge et du poids d'abattage sur la qualité organoleptique du poulet de chair à croissance lente en Région wallonne (Rapport final).
De Maeseneire, Coraline ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg; Thewis, André ULg

Report (2013)

Ces dernières années, la progression de la production avicole en Wallonie est, en grande partie, liée au développement de filières dites de qualité différenciée. En 2009, ce sont près de 2.000.000 de ... [more ▼]

Ces dernières années, la progression de la production avicole en Wallonie est, en grande partie, liée au développement de filières dites de qualité différenciée. En 2009, ce sont près de 2.000.000 de poulets qui ont été associés à ce type de production. Cependant, contrairement au poulet standard pour lesquels les pratiques sont très standardisées, les pratiques d’élevage en qualité différenciée peuvent varier, notamment la génétique, l’âge et le poids à l’abattage, le sexe de l’animal, l’accès à un parcours… Ces variations peuvent influencer l’homogénéité de la qualité organoleptique de la viande de poulet au sein d’une même filière ainsi que la perception (et la confiance) des consommateurs vis-à-vis de la viande des poulets qui en sont issus. L’objectif de ce projet est d’étudier et d’objectiver de manière scientifique la qualité organoleptique de la viande de poulet de chair au sein de trois filières avicoles de qualité différenciée afin de fournir aux détenteurs de ces filières des informations quant aux facteurs susceptibles de modifier la qualité organoleptique de leurs produits ainsi que la perception de ceux-ci par les consommateurs. [less ▲]

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See detailLes productions fourragères en intercultures : quel potentiel pour l'alimentation des bovins en système allaitant ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailElevage et gaz à effet de serre : le bilan des émissions de l'animal à la filière
Dumortier, Pierre ULg; Rabier, Fabienne; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

Scientific conference (2013, February 20)

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See detailQuelle place pour la viande rouge dans nos assiettes ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailLa production de viande par les bovins
Beckers, Yves ULg

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See detailQuel objectif pour l'âge au premier vêlage en BBBc ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

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