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Title: Pasture use and management strategies in the Ankole pastoral system in Uganda

Date Published: 2011
Author/s: R. Roschinsky, H. Mulindwa, E. Galukande, M. Wurzinger, D. Mpairwe–, A. M. Okeyo
and J. So¨lkner
Data publication:
Funding Agency :
Copyright/patents/trade marks: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal Publisher:
Affiliation: Division of Livestock Sciences, Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources
and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, †National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Tororo,
Uganda, ‡National Animal Genetic Resources Center and Databank (NAGRC & DB), Entebbe, Uganda,
§International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya, and –Faculty of Agriculture, Department of
Animal Science, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Keywords: Ankole cattle, indigenous knowledge,
pasture composition, pasture management, Uganda


The Bahima ethnic group have been crossbreeding
autochthonous Ankole with Holstein-Friesian cattle.
Separate herds (pure Ankole and crossbreds) are common. A survey was conducted to characterize pasture
utilization and management in the Ankole region to
gain a better understanding of current and emerging
practices. Herds are largely grazed by continuous
stocking although there are efforts to establish paddocks. Factors considered for pasture allocation to cattle
genotypes were high-quality feed, limited shrubs /
weeds and close proximity to homestead for 80, 80
and 30% of farmers, respectively