The Protein and Energy Requirements Of The East African Boran Cattle

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1977
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Karue, C. N.
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The protein and energy requirements of the African Zebu cattle may be different from the temperate (Bas taurus) types of cattle. Elliott and Topps (1963) demonstrated that in African Mashona cattle the requirements of protein for maintenance were about 36 percent of the allowances recommended by Brody (1945) for maintenance. These findings have raised doubts as to the authenticity of using tables of nutrient requirements recommended for temperate types of cattle and based primarily on research findings using temperate types of cattle and feeds. The findings of Elliott and Topps (1963), and Elliott, Reed and Topps (1964) indicated that there is a need to study more critically the nutrient requirements of other breeds of African cattle. These authors studied the Mashona cattle classified as Sanga (Epstein, 1957), but there are no known studies on the requirements of the group classified as chest-humped Zebu (Epstein, 1955).
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 42 (3), p. 322-327
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