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Kouassi et al., 2014. J. Appl. Biosc., 82 (1): 7403-7410

Document reference 
Kouassi, A. F. ; Koffi, K. J. ; N'Goran, K. S. B. ; Ipou, I. J., 2014. Potential forage production of a grazed area threatened with destruction: The case of barrier beach Port-Bouet and Grand-Bassam. J. Appl. Biosc., 82 (1): 7403-7410
Alternative title 

Potentiel de production fourragère d’une zone pâturée menacée de destruction : cas du cordon littoral Port-Bouët et Grand-Bassam


Objective: A study on the feeding of cattle was undertaken on the axis Port -Bouët - Grand- Bassam (Abidjan, Côte d' Ivoire). It aimed to show the potential of forage production of the zone for the pastoralism. Methodology and Results: The study consisted in determining the biomass of the grazing area through the method of full harvest in sub-plots of 1m² spread in the plots of 625 m² over the study area. Forage productivity of the grazed area was calculated from the biomass obtained. This allowed calculation of the carrying capacity TLU / ha corresponding to the number of cattle which can accommodate and feed without deteriorating. The data analysis identified that good forage plant species had a recorded value of 27.05 %. Species with medium feed value outnumber with a percentage of 49.42.The pastoral value of the grazing area was calculated at 40.91 with a capacity of 0.96 TLU/ha. Conclusions and Application of Results: All forage species and the capacity obtained, gave a good potential for forage production. This capacity meant that on average one hectare of the study area can properly feed cattle of 250 kg live weight. This production is sufficient for the grazed area along the shoreline Port-Bouët - Grand-Bassam that is threatened with destruction and should be protected and valued.

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Kouassi et al., 2014