The legume (clover) content of pasture can exert a profound effect on the nutritional status of the grazing sheep. Legumes often have higher digestibilities than grasses and in addition, at a given digestibility, animals will eat about 25% more of a legume than of a grass because of the faster rate of legume particle breakdown in the rumen. The products of the digestion of legumes are also used with greater efficiency for growth. This means that for growing lambs, in particular, it is important to maintain a highly digestible pasture containing high levels of legume.
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