Studies on Browse Plants in Ghana I. Chemical Composition: (A) Monthly Chemical Analyses of Seven Species of Trees, Shrubs, and Vines Browsed By Free-Ranging Cattle on the Accra Plains

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1964
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Rose I.R
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The importance of establishing an efficient cattle-raising industry in Ghana is outlined in relation to the economic situation, human protein-deficiency disease, and the basic field problems of poor-quality grass and dry-season losses of animal live weight. The suggestion that the effects on local cattle of a poor-quality grass diet are alleviated by contributions of nutrients from browse plants is examined. Detailed figures are given of twelve consecutive monthly chemical analyses of seven palatable indigenous browse species, and single analyses of four more. Mean crude protein values for all species are shown to be 2-4 times higher than for grass. Several promising species are selected for further study.
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Bulletin, 32 (125), p. 114-124