Seasonal intake of savanna woody plant species by two goat breeds in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Dziba, Luthando E., Scogings, Peter F., Raats, Jan G., and Gordon, Iain J. (1999) Seasonal intake of savanna woody plant species by two goat breeds in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. In: People and Rangelands: building the future: proceedings from the 6th International Rangeland Congress (1), pp. 517-518. From: 6th International Rangeland Congress, 19-23 July 1999, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Intake of the browse species Grewia occidentalis (deciduous), Scutia myrtina (evergreen), Diospyros lycioides (deciduous), Rhus longispina (evergreen), Ehretia rigida (deciduous) and Acacia karroo (deciduous) by boer and indigenous goats was determined in winter (July) and summer (November). Intake varied significantly between breeds, seasons and species. Mean intake in summer was 1.7 times that in winter, and intake by boer goats was 1.2 times greater than indigenous goats. Intake of S. myrtina and G. occidentalis was greater than that of D. lycioides, which in turn was greater than the other 3 species. The latter 3 species produce more new leaves on old unbrowseable branches, reducing intake.

Item ID: 42657
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9577394-2-0
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 07:43
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070204 Animal Nutrition @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830304 Goats @ 100%
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