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Table 3 Categories and number of plants/generic terms per category in relation to the farmers’ aim of maintaining animal health and welfare in the free lists FL2, FL3 and in interviews on history of fodder and feeding (HI, n = 144, including 5 key informants). Most of the plants and generic terms show various uses and are mentioned in more than one category

From: Local knowledge held by farmers in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) about the use of plants to maintain and improve animal health and welfare

Category Number of plants mentioned Number of generic terms mentioned
All FL2 FL3 HI All FL2 FL3 HI
Totala 87 51 39 69 22 16 7 14
 Kind of fodder/feeda 77 45 38 60 20 15 6 14
 Care of the animalsa 2 2 1 1 0 0/0 0 0
 Environmental managementa 11 10 5 10 4 3 2 3
 Human-animal relationshipa 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0 1
 Veterinary medicinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Household remedya (excluding fodder medicine) 9 9 8 8 3 2 1 3
 Cultural/religious activitiesa 17 8 10 17 5 4 1 4
  1. aMultiple answers occurring between FL 2, FL 3 and HI