Fodder trees and shrubs have been used for generations across all over the world comprising various multipurpose resources like food, fibre, fodder, timber, wood and live fences.
Some of the desirable characteristics of trees and shrubs cultivated for fodder production:
1. easy establishment and rapid early growth in order to compete effectively against weeds,
2. high productivity under repeated cutting, grazing or browsing,
3. high production of good quality forage in terms of protein and mineral contents, palatability and digestibility.