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dc.contributorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.contributorRubanza, Chrispiniusen_US
dc.contributorSalkini, Amin Khatiben_US
dc.contributorAl-Khatib, Amalen_US
dc.contributorRischkowsky, Barbaraen_US
dc.creatorWamatu, Janeen_US
dc.identifier.citationJane Wamatu, Mounir Louhaichi, Chrispinius Rubanza, Amin Khatib Salkini, Amal Al-Khatib, Barbara Rischkowsky. (31/8/2017). Seasonal preference of Awassi sheep for Atriplex shrubs suitable for Mediterranean rangelands. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 5 (Special Issue 1), pp. S76-S85.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe relative preference of Awassi sheep for four promising Atriplex species, A. halimus, A. nummularia, A. canescens and A. lentiformis was tested in cafeteria trials. Atriplex species were offered to sixteen sheep in cafeteria-type experiments during two seasons, spring and autumn. After an adaptation period of 7 days, sheep were offered the species over eight consecutive days. The species were placed in troughs for two hours in the morning after overnight fasting. Sheep were housed individually in pens adjacent to each other. In both seasons, whole species and their botanical fractions were evaluated for chemical composition and in vitro digestibility. The variability of nutritive value among species was not dependent on season or botanical fraction. Time series analysis showed that intake levels and ranking of species did not change over the eight days. Average daily proportions (%) of whole shrub eaten were A. halimus (70.9) A. nummularia (70), A. lentiformis (65.3), and A. canescens (57.9). In autumn, the same order of consumption was maintained, though intake levels tended to be lower compared to spring. The behavioral pattern revealed that the number of return visits to troughs and time spent feeding on species did not influence intake levels. The botanical structure of species explained 20% of the variation in proportion of intake of whole species. The proportion of leaf was the major contributor to variation in proportion of intake of whole species. Relative preference of whole species was explained by intake, nutritive value and fractional proportions of the botanical fractions.en_US
dc.publisherHorizon Publisher India (HPI)en_US
dc.sourceJournal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences;5,(2017) Pagination S76,S85en_US
dc.subjectbotanical fractionsen_US
dc.titleSeasonal preference of Awassi sheep for Atriplex shrubs suitable for Mediterranean rangelandsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idWamatu, Jane: 0000-0003-3544-6718en_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.creator.idRischkowsky, Barbara: 0000-0002-0035-471Xen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerThe University of Dodoma - UDOMen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Asiaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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