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Table 3 The topmost 15 local valuation criteria provided by local agro-pastoralists and their respective cognitive salience indices (CSIs) for rainy season, dry season, cattle, goats, and sheep. The CSI values which are more than 10% of 10 topmost valuation criteria mentioned per each case (rainy season, dry season, cattle, goats, and sheep) are in italic figures

From: Investigating criteria for valuation of forage resources by local agro-pastoralists in West Africa: using quantitative ethnoecological approach

Local valuation criteria Salience RS Salience DS Salience cattle Salience goats Salience sheep
Healthy growth of livestock 0.347 0.267 0.432 0.426 0.435
Availability of grasses 0.189     
Animal desires 0.154 0.013    
Phenological stage of grasses 0.118     
Grow fat 0.104 0.078 0.123 0.115 0.117
Hunger 0.086 0.080 0.094 0.106 0.102
Energy provision 0.072 0.052 0.074 0.072 0.062
Natural food source 0.069 0.027 0.069 0.093 0.084
Taste 0.042 0.033 0.111 0.108 0.101
Milk production 0.024 0.02 0.032 0.027 0.030
Availability of crops and trees   0.133    
Unavailability of fresh grasses   0.127    
Nutrient (vitamins)    0.038 0.038 0.100
Good for our animals    0.034 0.034 0.034
Increased reproduction    0.021 0.027 0.016