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The potential of some sub-humid zone browse species as feed for ruminants

Ouédraogo-Koné, Salifou (2008). The potential of some sub-humid zone browse species as feed for ruminants. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2008:87
ISBN 978-91-86195-20-5
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The overall objective of this study was to determine the most utilized browse species in the sub-humid zone in Burkina Faso, and to evaluate their potential as fodder for ruminants. The behaviour of sheep, goats and cattle was recorded on natural pasture using a direct observation method and farmers were interviewed concerning use of browse species. The phenological and chemical variations over the year were estimated through observations and collection of foliage samples every second week. The foliage biomass was evaluated using complete cutting and weighing. The nutritive value and the effect of feeding these foliages on growth performance were assessed in sheep using a completely randomised design. The browsing activity was about 25% of the total grazing time for all the animal species during the dry season. During the cool season the time spent browsing by goats (17%) was significantly higher than for sheep (7%) and cattle (5%). The plant species with the highest frequency of consumption by animals and most cited as fodder trees by farmers were Acacia dudgeoni Craib. ex Holl., Ficus gnaphalocarpa (Miq.) A. Rich, Dichrostachys cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn., Faidherbia albida A. Chevalier, Afzelia africana Sm. ex Pers., Khaya senegalensis (Desv.) A. Juss. and Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir. The foliage biomass per ha of the last three species differed significantly (0.3, 0.6 and 1.3 t dry matter (dm), respectively). The dm intake and apparent digestibility of dm for A. africana were the highest, 571 g/day and 582 g/kg, respectively. Significant relationships were found between the foliage biomass and the circumference of the crown for A. africana (R2=82%) and P. erinaceus (R2=81%). The growth rate was around 60 g/day when feeding a diet including A. africana and P. erinaceus, higher than with the diet with K. senegalensis (48 g/day). These browse species constitute an important source of nitrogen for domestic ruminants in sub-humid West Africa and should to be promoted in the agrosilvopastoral systems as a dry season fodder reserve and to avoid the risk of extinction.

Authors/Creators:Ouédraogo-Koné, Salifou
Title:The potential of some sub-humid zone browse species as feed for ruminants
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2008
Number of Pages:68
ALLI. Ouédraogo-Koné, S., Kaboré-Zoungrana, C.Y. and Ledin, I. (2006). Behaviour of goats, sheep and cattle on natural pasture in the sub-humid zone of West Africa. Livestock Science, 105(1-3), 244-252. II. Ouédraogo-Koné, S., Kaboré-Zoungrana, C.Y. and Ledin, I. (2008). Important characteristics of some browse species in an agrosylvopastoral system. Agroforestry systems, 74(2), 213-221. III. Ouédraogo-Koné, S., Kaboré-Zoungrana, C.Y. and Ledin, I. (2008). Intake and digestibility in sheep and chemical composition during different seasons of some West African browse species. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 40(2), 155-164. IV. Ouédraogo-Koné, S., Kaboré-Zoungrana, C.Y. and Ledin, I. Effect of feeding some West African browse foliages on growth and carcass composition in sheep (submitted).
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-86195-20-5
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:afzelia africana, khaya, pterocarpus erinaceus, feeds, ruminants, natural pastures, drought resistance, growth rate, burkina faso
Keywords:Afzelia africana, Biomass, Browsing, Burkina Faso, Domestic ruminants, Growth performance, Khaya senegalensis, Nutritive values, Phenology, Pterocarpus erinaceus, Sub-humid West Africa
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ID Code:1870
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management
Deposited By: Salifou Ouédraogo
Deposited On:04 Nov 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:14

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