Sokoine University of Agriculture

Forage availability and its quality in the dry season on smallholder dairy farms in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Mtengeti, E. J.
dc.contributor.author Phiri, C. H.
dc.contributor.author Urio, N. A.
dc.contributor.author Mhando, D. G.
dc.contributor.author Mvena, Z.
dc.contributor.author Ryoba, R
dc.contributor.author Mdegela, R.H
dc.contributor.author Singh, B. R.
dc.contributor.author Mo, M.
dc.contributor.author Wetlesen, A.
dc.contributor.author L⊘rken, T.
dc.contributor.author Reksen, O.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-13T06:51:14Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-13T06:51:14Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.issn 0906-4702
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.suanet.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/1415
dc.description Acta Agriculturae Scand Section A, 2008, 58: 196 - 204 en_US
dc.description.abstract The study was conducted on smallholder dairy farmers in Tanzania. A number of forage species and feed supplements were collected and analysed. Panicum maximum and P. purpureum constituted the bulky forage in about 20 and 11 households, respectively. The crude protein (CP) content of P. maximum and P. purpureum ranged from 6.5 to 8.5% and 7.8 to 10.2% while in vitro dry matter digestibility ranged from 44 to 50 and 48 to 51%, respectively. The mineral content of these two grasses were adequate for Ca but 95% of the forages were deficient in Cu and Zn and 84% in P. The CP content of multipurpose tree leaf was 3 4 times higher than that of grasses. In conclusion, the study revealed that dairy farmers depended solely on natural grasses and crop residues, which are low in CP, digestibility and mineral content. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Crop residues en_US
dc.subject Feed supplements en_US
dc.subject Fodder digestibility en_US
dc.subject Mineral content en_US
dc.subject Perennial grasses en_US
dc.title Forage availability and its quality in the dry season on smallholder dairy farms in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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