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Title:Some Traditional Husbandry and Ethnoveterinary Practices of the Messerya Humr Baggara Transhumants of Southern Kordofan
Authors:El-Wakeel, Ahmed S.
Gumaa, Abuelgasim Y.
Periodical:Nomadic Peoples
Geographic term:Sudan
veterinary medicine
animal husbandry
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Health and Nutrition
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43123499
Abstract:The Messerya Humr tribe of southwestern Kordofan is one of the biggest of the Baggara Arab subtribes of the Sudan. They have been pastoralists from ancient times, replacing camels by cattle when they were forced to move to areas not suitable for camel raising. The Messerya Humr transhumants have managed to maintain and sustain a larger number of livestock than other groups, which implies greater skills of animal husbandry and health care. This paper details some of their traditional practices. The author deals with husbandry practices, focusing on mobility, grazing patterns and herd management, fodder supplements, and the regulation of the breeding season. The ethnoveterinary practices discussed are those relating to contagious cattle diseases, the retention of the placenta, jaundice in young calves, the treatment of injuries and wounds, bloat, diarrhoea, fatigue, and the control of biting flies such as the tsetse. Bibliogr., sum. in French and Spanish.