Evaluation Of Mineral Status of Small Ruminants in Marsabit South District of Northern Kenya

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2012
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Lengarite, I. M.
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Moses Ima Lengarite
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A study was carried out in Merille location of Marsabit South district, Kenya to investigate mineral status of sheep and goats under the pastoral production system. The objectives of the study were (i) to assess indigenous knowledge (IK) on mineral nutrition in small ruminants (ii) to identify the most preferred forage species consumed by small ruminants during wet and dry seasons (iii) to determine the mineral profiles of most preferred forage species and to assess the content of macro and micro minerals in bone and liver tissues. In the first part of the study, a cross-sectional survey was undertaken using a structured questionnaire to gather herder's knowledge on mineral nutrition.
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