Livestock and Fodder

The use of trees and shrubs as animal feed is probably as old as the domestication of animals.
Through experience, perhaps through observing their grazing behavior when shifting animals
between fields, smallholders have learnt which tree fodders are useful feed for their livestock.
A tree species may be used for fodder in some places and for particular animals but not used
in other locations and for other stock. What trees are appropriate as fodder depends on the
digestive system of the animal. Many tree (and other) legumes provide nutritious animal
fodder. Some fodders can be collected and stored for feeding in the wet season. As well as food,
and just as tree products are used for human medicine, some tree products are important for
veterinary treatment.