Sustainable Roughage Production in Korea - Review -

  • Hur, S.N. (Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Lim, K.B. (National Livestock Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, D.A. (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Seoul National University)
  • Published : 1999.05.01


Beef and dairy cattle are the primary ruminant livestock in Korea, but there is a serious shortage of both fresh and dry forages. Small areas of forage crops or pastures, unfavorable soil and climatic conditions, high costs for pasture production, low establishment and management technologies, etc. are the main factors limiting roughage production in Korea. To meet the roughage demand of cattle several suggestions are presented. About 845,000 ha of hilly area could be developed for pastureland. Almost the same area of paddy field, and more than 200,000 ha of reclaimed land could be used for pasture production. If all the potential area is developed for pastureland, the area could be extended to 10 times more than is presently used for pasture crops and pastureland. Productivity would be increased by developing new technologies of establishment and management. Silvo-pastoral systems should be introduced to Korea.


Roughage;Sustainable Pastoral Agriculture;Agroforestry

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