Tropical Grasslands (2000) Volume 34, 4855
Effect of season and concentrate feeding on the eating behaviour of sheep grazing a mixed pasture of Panicum maximum var. C1 and Brachiaria ruziziensis
B. MICHIELS1, S. BABATOUNDE1, F LIHOUNHINTO1, S.L.W. CHABI1 and A. BULDGEN2
1Département de Production Animale, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Université Nationale du Bénin, Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Thirty West African Dwarf sheep (14.4 kg LW) grazed a mixed pasture of Panicum maximum var. C1 (guinea grass) and Brachiaria ruziziensis (ruzi grass) in south Benin during the short dry season and the short rainy season 1997 (July–October). One group of 15 sheep (supplemented group) received cassava peels and cotton seeds ad libitum when they returned to the sheepfold. The other 15 sheep were used as control animals and received no supplement. The quality of the forage selected by sheep in each group was estimated by the hand-plucking method. The different activities of the sheep in the pasture and in the sheepfold were recorded regularly during the 2 seasons.