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Smallholder dairy production in the context of crop-livestock systems in the Inland Valleys of Nigeria 1: An overview of crop-livestock system in the inland valleys around Zaria (semi-detailed characterisation)

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Barje, PP and Muhammad, IR and Tanko, RJ and Amodu, JT and Gefu, JO and Ehoche, OW and Malau-Aduli, AEO and Makun, HJ and Abdu, MB and Goska, DY and Babuga, MA and Abubakar, S (2000) Smallholder dairy production in the context of crop-livestock systems in the Inland Valleys of Nigeria 1: An overview of crop-livestock system in the inland valleys around Zaria (semi-detailed characterisation). In: Proceedings of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production: Animal Production in the New Millennium - Challenges and Options. Proceedings of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production: Animal Production in the New Millennium - Challenges and Options, 25 (25). Nigerian Society for Animal Production, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria., pp. 73-75. ISBN 978-028-966-6

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Abstract

The use of high-concentrate diets or agro-industrial by products for livestock feeding has become inappropriate in many situations due to high costs or erratic supply. Therefore, the possibility of meeting the associated feed deficit during the dry season with high quality sown forage legumes is a viable option. The agricultural potential of lowland, swampy grasslands (inland valleys or ‘fadamas’) rests on their mineral-rich soils and residual moisture that can be exploited for multiple cropping. However, there is little information on the extent and pattern of crop-livestock integration in the inland valleys. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to characterize the crop-livestock systems of the inland valleys in Northern Nigeria with a view to gaining a better understanding of the system, its constraints and potential ability to support viable dairy production.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Nigerian Society for Animal Production
Page Range: pp. 73-75
Additional Information: Copyright ©2001 Nigerian Society for Animal Production
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 00:52
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:01
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8816
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