Range Use and Trophic Interactions by Agropastoral Herds in Southeastern Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Nyariki, Dickson M.
dc.contributor.author Musimba, N. K. R.
dc.contributor.author Nyangito, M. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T09:47:22Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T09:47:22Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/299
dc.identifier.uri https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228472703_Range_Use_and_Trophic_Interactions_by_Agropastoral_Herds_in_Southeastern_Kenya
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.seku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/304
dc.description.abstract Habitat utilization patterns and feeding interaction of free ranging agropastoral herds were investigated in two cycles of four consecutive grazing periods, in a semiarid environment, southeastern Kenya. The bites count and herd locations per area methods were used. During the dry season, areas of concentrated drainage; river valleys, bottomlands and ephemeral drainage ways absorbed a greater feeding load, taking 57.1 to 60% of the grazing time by the animals. In contrast, areas of limited moisture concentration, the open sandy/clay plains, were mainly exploited in the wet season and accounted for 52.6 to 55.6% of the grazing time. The trophic interaction patterns indicated that goats and cattle had a seasonal mean diet overlap index of less than 0.5 for all forage classes. Sheep and cattle, and sheep and goats had a seasonal mean diet overlap index of greater than 0.5 on grass and forbs, and browse and forbs, respectively. This indicated that during periods of resource scarcity, sheep and cattle or sheep and goats could become competitive feeders for same feed resources. Grazing management strategies aimed at even distribution of grazing pressure and enhancing complementary trophic interactions could be central to sustainable livestock production in such environments en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Range Use and Trophic Interactions by Agropastoral Herds in Southeastern Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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