Original Articles

The impact of grazing on forage quality of the herbaceous vegetation in the Mamora cork oak forest, Morocco

Published in: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
Volume 14, issue 1, 1997 , pages: 12–16
DOI: 10.1080/10220119.1997.9647913
Author(s): M. Mejjati AlamiDepartment of Plant Ecology and Range Science, Morocco, T.E. BedellDepartment of Rangeland Resources, United States, S.H. SharrowDepartment of Rangeland Resources, United States, O. BerkatDepartment of Plant Ecology and Range Science, Morocco

Abstract

This research was conducted in the Mamora cork oak forest of Morocco to describe the impacts of sheep grazing (no use, 35% use, 70% use) in March, April, May and June of 1987 and 1988 on seasonal changes in forage quality of the herbaceous vegetation. The study showed that trends in herbage quality were related mainly to plant maturity. As more species mature, forage quality declines and falls below animal nutritional requirements, especially for young animals. With declining forage quality, the manager has the option of moving stock to areas of less‐mature forage, supplementing the forage or modifying the demand placed upon it.

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