Documentation of Ethnoveterinary use of medicinal plants

Published: 25 November 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/j65dfngnfv.1
Tankiso Mots'oari,


The aim of this study is to investigate ethno-veterinary use of plants in the Highland, Grasslands of Free State and Lesotho. The following are the study objective: To document the ethno-veterinary use of plants in Highland Grasslands of Free State and Lesotho.For most marginalised small sale and subsistence farmers, the prohibitive costs of pharmaceutical products and the lack of access to veterinary services are significant reasons for farmers to use non-conventional medicines(Luseba and Van der Merwe, 2006). Furthermore, the use of conventional drugs is fraught with challenges such as resistance to antimicrobial drugs, and persistence of drug residues in animal products. This raises the need to search for cheap accessible and less toxic alternatives such as plant products that can address the preceding challenges. Ethno-veterinary knowledge is passed from generation to generation by oral tradition in the African context. Without being properly documented, this information can easily be lost or distorted (Eshetu et al., 2015). This is not an exception in the Highland and Grasslands of the Free State and Lesotho.



Central University of Technology Free State


Medicinal Use of Plants