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Authors Laudadio, V; Dario, M; Hammadi, M; Tufarelli, V
Author Full Name Laudadio, V.; Dario, M.; Hammadi, M.; Tufarelli, V.
Title Nutritional composition of three fodder species browsed by camels (Camelus dromedarius) on arid area of Tunisia
Source TROPICAL ANIMAL HEALTH AND PRODUCTION
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Camelus dromedarius; Forage characteristics; Dietary behaviour; Tunisia
Keywords Plus FORAGE; GOATS; DIGESTIBILITY; DIGESTION; BEHAVIOR; QUALITY; KENYA; FIBER; SHEEP; FEED
Abstract Browsing camels have access to different plant species in relation to the kind of pasture they can reach. A study was conducted in an arid region of Southern Tunisia to determine the dietary preference and forage quality of free ranging camels. Foliage consisting of leaves from Limonium pruinosum, Retama raetam and Stipa tenacissima, was collected during the dry season to evaluate the chemical characteristics and nutritional value of these browse fodder species. The dietary preference was studied using 15 adult camels which were selected from a herd of 50 animals appropriately marked for identification. There was a significant difference in the chemical composition and nutritional value of plant species collected. Based on crude protein (CP) content and nutritional value, the three fodder species browsed can be recommended as good-quality food source for camels under pastoral management.
Author Address [Laudadio, V.; Dario, M.; Tufarelli, V.] Univ Bari, Dept Anim Hlth & Welf, Fac Vet Med, I-70010 Bari, Italy; [Hammadi, M.] Inst Medenine, Livestock & Wildlife Lab Arid Reg, Medenine 4119, Tunisia
Reprint Address Tufarelli, V (reprint author), Univ Bari, Dept Anim Hlth & Welf, Fac Vet Med, I-70010 Bari, Italy.
E-mail Address tufarelliv@libero.it
ORCID Number Tufarelli, Vincenzo/0000-0003-0089-4393; LAUDADIO, VITO/0000-0003-3306-0205
Funding Agency and Grant Number Italian and Tunisian cooperation
Funding Text The present work was supported by the Italian and Tunisian cooperation funds. Thanks are due to the technicians of departments for their help in laboratory analysis.
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Cited Reference Count 21
Times Cited 9
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 9
Publisher SPRINGER
Publisher City DORDRECHT
Publisher Address VAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
ISSN 0049-4747
29-Character Source Abbreviation TROP ANIM HEALTH PRO
ISO Source Abbreviation Trop. Anim. Health Prod.
Publication Date OCT
Year Published 2009
Volume 41
Issue 7
Beginning Page 1219
Ending Page 1224
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s11250-008-9303-6
Subject Category 6
Document Delivery Number Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science; Veterinary Sciences
Unique Article Identifier Agriculture; Veterinary Sciences
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