COURSE CODE: PRM 503

COURSE TITLE: Techniques in pasture management

NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 Units

COURSE DURATION: Two hours per week

COURSE DETAILS:

Course Coordinator: Dr. Olanite Jimoh Alao B.Agric., M.Sc., M.Phil., PhD.

Email: jaolanite@unaab.edu.ng

Office Location: Room 3, PRM Dept., COLANIM

Other Lecturers: Dr. (Mrs.) V.O.A. Ojo, Miss. O. J. Bolaji

COURSE SYNOPSIS:

Review of some common terms in pasture/forage science (forage, fodder, feed etc). Pasture types, their attributes and characteristics, their importance and roles in animal production in Nigeria, sole/single species pasture grass/legume pasture, role of legumes, factor affecting legume content. Pasture establishment: factor to consider in the selection, land preparation (slashing, clearing, ploughing and harrowing, planting/sowing), sourcing of planting materials, methods of planting/sowing for different species and pasture types. Post-planting/sowing management: fertilizer application/manuring, fertilizer types and effects on dry matter yield and botanical composition, weed control, re-sowing/planting cutting back, pasture consolidation. Grazing management: Definition and objective, when to graze a newly established pasture and proper grazing methods (continuous grazing, rotational grazing, leader-follower, strip grazing, zero-grazing season, ungrazed, deferred grazing, rest period, grazing pressure, carrying capacity, animal days, animal unit), grazing effects on growth and productivity. Pasture utilization: Definition and estimation on grazed pasture, factors affecting utilization. Pasture defoliation and defoliation techniques, components of defoliation (frequency, intensity and timing) and effects on productivity, botanical composition, methods of estimation and important. Pests and diseases; their effects on dry matter productivity, pasture quality, seed and yield and quality, evaluation and control.

PRM 503 Lecture Note

Last Updated on April 10, 2019 by admin

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