Studies on Browse Plants in Ghana

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1964
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Rose I.R
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A technique for accurate separate measurement of mixed browse/grass intake in the field is described in detail. Given abundant feed and a free choice, West African Shorthorn cattle in the field ingested 40 and 60 per cent. respectively of Griffonia and grass in a 12-hour day. These figures are supported by detailed feeding behaviour observations. Total daily dry-matter intake exceeded by 40 per cent. the figure established for similar stall-fed cattle. Mean dry-matter ingestion rates of Griffonia and grass were almost identical: total intake averaged about 1•69 lb./hour. Given abundant Griffonia and grass, digestible protein intake exceeded estimated requirements for rapid growth by 30 percent Practical implications of establishing Griffonia in quantity are briefly discussed.
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Bulletin, 32 (125), p. 180-190