Cassia and livestock
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CTA. 1994. Cassia and livestock. Spore 52. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Use of trees by livestock: Cassia by R T Paterson and N J L Clinch 1993 18pp price UKL2.00 ISBN 0 85954 362 5 NRI Central Avenue Chatham Maritime Kent ME4 4TB, UK
The importance of trees and shrubs in the feeding of animals in the tropics and sub-tropics has long been recognized by livestock owners. In arid areas where the growth of herbaceous plants is limited by lack of moisture, leaves and edible twigs of trees and shrubs can constitute well over 50% of the biomass production of rangeland. At high altitudes, tree foliage may provide over 50% of the feed available to ruminants in the dry season, branches being harvested and carried to the animals. Taken in its widest sense, the genus Cassia is one of the largest in the family Leguminosae, containing some 600 species. Plants range in size from herbs to shrubs and trees, and they have a pantropical and subtropical distribution. The genus shows promise as a multi-purpose plant for the provision of both fuelwood and forage particularly in the subhumid and semi-arid environments. In such areas, it could be one of a number of potentially useful alternatives to Leucaeana leucocephala, helping to prevent a dangerous over-reliance on this popular anti widely used species. Use of trees by livestock: Cassia is No 6 in a series of booklets published by NRI. It deals with the description and distribution; fodder characteristics, anti-nutritive factors; management; and alternative uses of Cassia. Use of trees by livestock: Cassia by R T Paterson and N J L Clinch 1993 18pp price UKL2.00 ISBN 0 85954 362 5 NRI Central Avenue Chatham Maritime Kent ME4 4TB, UK