Grass/Legume Pastures in Western Kenya

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1973/1974
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Keya, N. C. O
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In most exploratory agronomic pasture studies, it is usually convenient to use small experimental plots under clipping regimes. Such trials are precise and give useful indications of the differences among the pasture treatments under investigation. There is now some information on the productivity and nitrogen fixation of Desmodium based pastures at Kitale under cutting management (Keya, 1971; Thairu, 1972) but there is as yet no local information on such pastures under grazing. The grazing animal introduces other non-defoliation effects such as selective grazing, treading and addition of dung and urine to the pasture, which may influence the pasture productivity. Even when fouling and treading were eliminated, there were differences in tiller numbers and leaf lengths between cut and grazed rye grass (Lotium perenne) swards (Smith et al., 1971).
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 39, p. 240-246
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