Tropical Grasslands (1994) Volume 28, 6573
Evaluation of tropical pasture legumes for fodder banks in subhumid Nigeria.
M. PETERS1, S.A. TARAWALI1 and J. ALKÄMPER2
1Subhumid Zone Programme, ILCA, Kaduna, Nigeria
The potential of 5 forage legume accessions was assessed under cutting, as alternatives to Stylosanthes hamata cv. Verano for use in dry season pastures (fodder banks) in Nigeria. Measurements included dry matter yield, nutritive value (crude protein and phosphorus), seed production, drought tolerance and persistence. All accessions had good protein values and could be used to improve the quality of fodder, but their ability to compete with the native vegetation and consistently produce high yields differed.