Use of trees by livestock
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CTA. 1994. Use of trees by livestock. Spore 53. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Quercus (No 5) Ficus (No 7) Erythrina (No 9) All booklets are available from: NRI, Central Avenue Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, UK
NRI have produced a series of booklets on the use of trees by livestock. Cassia - No 6 was reviewed in Spore 52 and in Spore 46 (p.14) Nos 1 and 2 Prosopis and Acacia were mentioned. The booklets follow a similar structure and cover description and distribution; fodder characteristics; anti-nutritive factors; management and alternative uses. The following booklets have been in the series: Quercus (No 5) The leaves and acorns of many oak species are avidly eaten by cattle, sheep, goats, horses and pigs. Although oak fodder is not highly digestible it is often available at times of the year when other fodder is in short supply. In addition its crude protein content is reasonable and it can be a useful supplement to poor quality grazing or to cereal straw-based diets. Ficus (No 7) While most commonly cultivated for the production of figs in Mediterranean regions, Ficus is frequently found in the warmer parts of Asia, Africa America and Australia. The foliage is nutritious, being rich in calcium and containing reasonable levels of crude protein and fibre. It is therefore a valuable source of browse and fodder for livestock, although two species are known to be toxic to cattle and buffaloes. Erythrina (No 9) Species of this genus are distributed widely throughout the tropics and sub-tropics. Erythrina spp can be used for many things ranging from green manure to human food. However, attention has now been focused on their use as fodder trees. The hardy Erythrina may be of particular use in areas where there is a lack of other high quality fodder species due to soil acidity and lack of drainage. All booklets are available from: NRI, Central Avenue Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, UK