Preference and Palatability of Indigenous and Exotic Acid Soil-tolerant Multipurpose Trees and Shrubs by West African Dwarf Sheep Article Received: 15 April 2003 Accepted: 22 March 2005 DOI:
Cite this article as: Kalio, G.A., Oji, U.I. & Larbi, A. Agroforest Syst (2006) 67: 123. doi:10.1007/s10457-005-4278-z Abstract
Eleven acid soil-tolerant multipurpose trees and shrubs (MPTS) were assessed for preference and palatability with mature West African Dwarf (WAD) sheep using the cafeteria method. About 500 g each of the MPTS were weighed in triplicates into plastic feeding troughs and randomly placed around the perimeter of a
Panicum maximum paddock (25 m × 25 m). Five ewes averaging 25.24 ± 0.69 kg were allowed 4 h access to the browse species daily for 12 d. Dry matter intake differed ( p<0.05), ranging from 0.0 g in C. calothyrsus to 70.8 g in M. barterii. The number of animal visits, time spent and number of bites per visit on the browses also differed ( p<0.05). There were positive correlations between DM intake and number of visits, number of bites, time spent on each fodder browsing and the coefficient of preference. The preference of the various MPTS by animals in descending order was M. barterii > A. cordifolia > L. leucoephala > B. monandra > D. guineensis > H. madagascariensis > T. tetraptera > T. africana > A. bella > B. grandiflora > C. calothyrsus. Keywords Browsing behaviour Fodder trees Intake References Abdulrazak, S.A., Fujihara, T., Ondiek, J.K., Ørskov, E.R. 2000 Nutritive evaluation of acacia tree leaves from Kenya Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 85 89 98 CrossRef Google Scholar Goodchild, A.V., McMeniman, N.P. 1994 Intake and digestibility of low quality roughages when supplemented with leguminous browse J. Agr. Sci. 122 151 160 Google Scholar Kaitho, R.J., Umunna, N.N., Nsahlai, I.V., Tamminga, S., Bruchem, J., Vandwouw, M. 1996 Palatability of multipurpose tree species: effect of species and length of study on intake and relative palatability by sheep Agroforest. Syst. 33 249 261 CrossRef Google Scholar Kaitho, R.J., Umunna, N.N., Nsahlai, I.V., Tamminga, S., Bruchem, J., Hanson, J. 1997 Palatability of wilted and dried multipurpose tree species fed to sheep and goats Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 65 151 163 CrossRef Google Scholar
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