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Record number 410095
Title Sesbania sesban as a fodder tree in Ethiopian livestock farming systems: Feeding practices and farmers' perception of feeding effects on sheep performance
Author(s) Oosting, S.J.; Mekoya, A.; Fernandez-Rivera, S.; Zijpp, A.J. van der
Source Livestock Science 139 (2011)1-2. - ISSN 1871-1413 - p. 135 - 141.
Department(s) Animal Production Systems
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) reproductive-performance - maize grain - basal diet - menz sheep - tef straw - oat hay - supplementation - growth - goats - leucaena
Abstract Sesbania sesban is one of the exotic multipurpose fodder trees introduced in the Ethiopian highlands for livestock feed and soil conservation. Several on-station studies showed that supplementation with Sesbania improved intake and digestibility of basal diet and growth rate of animals. However, information about farmers' feeding practices of Sesbania and farmers' perception of the effect of Sesbania feeding on animal performance is limited. The present study was conducted to assess farmers' feeding practices and their perception about effects of Sesbania supplementation on sheep performance in annual (one wheat-based (WheatCL) and one teff-based (TeffCL)) and perennial (coffee-based (CoffeeCL)) crop-based livestock systems in the Ethiopian Highlands. Data were collected from 98 households by interviews using a structured questionnaire. Farmers had on average 6.9years of experience using Sesbania as a cut and carry supplementary feed. Farmers in the WheatCL and TeffCL fed Sesbania throughout the dry season while farmers in the CoffeeCL had no specific season for feeding Sesbania. Farmers in WheatCL and TeffCL offered significantly (P
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