Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 217–228 | Cite as

Use of native browse by Fulani cattle in central Nigeria

  • Wolfgang Bayer


Shrubs and trees browsed by Fulani pastoralists' cattle in two areas of central Nigeria were identified by means of interviews with the pastoralists and observations of browsing cattle. Thirty-nine plant species were identified, many of them indigenous economic trees. The species were ranked by pastoralists according to importance in cattle diet. Chemical analyses of plant parts eaten and investigation of frequency of occurrence of the species in the study areas revealed that the pastoralists' ranking reflected not only the plants' relative abundance but also their nutritive value.

Key words

Agrosilvopastoralism browse cattle forage resource use subhumid zone 


In zwei Untersuchungsgebieten in Zentral-Nigeria wurden Bäume und Büsche, die von Rindern der Fulbe-Pastoralisten gefressen werden, durch Interviews mit den Rinderhaltern und durch Beobachten von weidenden Rindern identifiziert. Neununddreißig Arten wurden so identifiziert, viele davon einheimische Bäume von zusätzlicher wirtschaftlicher Bedeutung. Die Arten wurden von den Rinderhaltern nach ihrer Bedeutung für die Rinderernährung in einer Rangfolge eingeordnet. Chemische Analysen und eine Studie über Häufigkeit der verschiedenen Arten in den Untersuchungsgebieten zeigten, daß die Rinderhalter nicht nur die Häufigkeit, sondern auch den Nährwert der Pflanzen bei der Rangfolge berücksichtigten.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Bayer
    • 1
  1. 1.International Livestock Centre for AfricaSubhumid Zone Programme, P.M.B. 2248KadunaNigeria

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