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Behavioural response of pure Ankole and crossbred (Ankole * Holstein) cows to seasonal pasture variations in south-western Uganda

By J. Idibu, F. Kabi, D. Mpairwe

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This study evaluated the effects of season and pasture species on variations in sward composition, pasture quantity (plant-height and biomass) and quality [crude protein (CP), neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and in vitro organic matter digestibility (IVOMD)]. Behavioural responses of a group of 10 pure Ankole and another of 10 crossbred (Ankole * Holstein) cows to the seasonal variations in pasture quantity and quality were also examined. Irrespective of season, the dominant pasture species was Brachiaria decumbens, with scanty presence of Hyparrhenia rufa, Themeda triandra, Sporobolus pyramidalis and Cymbopogon afronardus. The sward height, biomass, CP, NDF and IVOMD were dependent on both season and species ( P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 174
Pages 11-18
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.11.010
Language English
Author Address Department of Agricultural Production, School of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda.dmpairwe@caes.mak.ac.ug dmpairwe@gmail.com d_mpairwe@yahoo.co.uk
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