NUTRITIONAL AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF LEUCAENA AND GLIRICIDIA AS FEED SUPPLEMENTS FOR SMALL RUMINANTS IN HUMID WEST AFRICA Reportar como inadecuado




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Considering leguminous trees Leucauena and Gliricidia as good sources of quality food, on-station and on-farm studies were conducted in the humid zone of West Africa to establish animal responses to levels, times and forms of browse supplementation, to develop alternative feeding strategies for utilizing limited feed supply and to assess the economic benefits of feed supplements as against the use of tree foliage as mulch for crop production. Results indicate that at any level of supplement, sheep grew twice as fast as goats. The main benefits of supplementation came through increased growth and survival. Form and level of supplementation had significant effect on intake. Economic analyses showed that crop response to mulching was the principal competing determinant of whether the use of tree foliage as feed supplement was economic.

Keywords: small ruminants ; feeds ; fodder trees ; forage ; Leucauena ; Gliricidia ; nutririon ; economic ; Nigeria

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Crop Production/Industries

Livestock Production/Industries

Production Economics

Productivity Analysis

Issue Date: 1997

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/183009 Page range: 35-47

Record appears in: CGIAR > International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) > Research Reports





Autor: Jabbar, Mohammad A. ; Reynolds, L ; Larbi, A ; Smith, J W

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/183009?ln=en







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