International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009

IJLP Articles in press

Pastoral livestock farming in the eastern Malian Sahel (Hombori): survey on flows in two livestock markets

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Pastoral livestock farming is a major activity in the Sahel. In the eastern Malian Sahel, in addition to its contribution to the household economy, this type of livestock farming plays an important role in enhancing the value of an environment that is not very conducive to rain-fed crops because of its low rainfall. This study was conducted in the district of Hombori to assess marketed livestock production through the...

Author(s):Mamadou Oumar Diawara, Alassane Ba, Sory Sissoko, Pierre Hiernaux, Hawa Salif Diakité, Nogmana Soumaguel and Doubangolo Coulibaly

Economic loss associated with bovine campylobacteriosis in selected districts of Bangladesh

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Bovine campylobacteriosis is considered to be common disease in farmed female cattle of Bangladesh with various effects on animal productivity. However, no economic impact assessment labeling the burden of this disease has been conducted. Using secondary data combined with the primary data on different financial parameters of livestock goods and associated parameters collected through stakeholder interviews were utilized...

Author(s):Nazmul H, Shaheenur Islam Sk, Ziaul Haque AKM, Mehedi Hossain Md and Lutful Kabir SM

Assessment of the effects of newcastle disease vaccination on chicken mortality and egg production rates in Machakos town Sub-County, Kenya

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A study was done to evaluate the effects of the Newcastle disease vaccine on chicken mortality and egg production in Machakos Town Sub-County. Kola and Kalama wards were chosen, and the data was collected from rural poultry farmers using a semi-structured questionnaire and Women Empowerment Livestock Index (WELI). The sample size was determined using N= Z2 (1-P) P/L2 (Pfeiffer, 2010) statistical formula. A total of 261...

Author(s):Faduma Abdullahi Abdirahman, Raphael Githaiga Wahome, Catherine Kaluwa Kaingu, Jemimah Achieng Oduma, Kitoga Byalungwa Kyotos, Jynette Nkatha, Angella Adhiambo and Janetrix Hellen Amuguni

Performance of weanling rabbits fed aflatoxin treated diets with sweet orange (citrus sinensis) fruit peel

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The performance of twenty four 6-8 week old apparently healthy male and female weanling rabbits of mixed breed fed diets treated with aflatoxin, which contained 5% sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) fruit peel meal was evaluated in an 8 week feeding trial. Sweet orange peels were collected from orange sellers, sun-dried and milled. Fungal strain of Aspergillus flavus was cultured and inoculated into groundnut cake to produce...

Author(s):Soga S, Oluremi O. I. A. and Osuhor C. U.

Performance evaluation of Cobb500 broilers under On-Station management in Pawe, Ethiopia.

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Cobb-500 broiler is one of the world’s most popular commercial meat chicken breeds. This study was undertaken to evaluate the performance of Cobb-500 broiler under on-station conditions at Pawe Agricultural Research Center. A total of 200 one-day-old chicks and commercial broiler feed were purchased from Alema poultry farm in Bishoftu. Appropriate vaccinations were administered to the chicks while standard bio-security...

Author(s):Habtie Arega, Ferede Alemu, Mezgebu Getnet, Yalew Abiyu

Nutritional composition and quality of table eggs as affected by duration of storage.

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One hundred and twenty (120) freshly laid eggs by 36 weeks old ISA brown layers kept at the Poultry Unit, Teaching and Research Farm, Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa were randomly collected and stored at room temperature for 21 days. At week 0, week1, week 2 and week 3 of storage, 30 eggs were broken for egg quality and nutritional components analyses. Data collected were subjected to...

Author(s):Adeoye Adelani A., Olorunsola Rotimi A, Adeboye Adedayo O, Okeniyi Funmilayo A, Makinde Akinleye P, Ojajuni John B.

Socio-economic characteristics and husbandry practices of dog breeding in western region of Cameroon

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The present study was conducted in order to describe the socio-economic characteristics of canine farmers in Cameroon and the management techniques of their canine herds. The study was carried out between February and May 2019 in the region of West Cameroon. For this purpose, a questionnaire has been addressed to canine breeders to determine the socio-economic characteristics and techniques, and to identify the constraints...

Author(s):Diffo Fokou Paulin, Meutchieye Felix and Mube Kuietche Hervé

Physical, Chemical Quality and Microbial Load of Table Eggs Consumed in Dodoma City, Central part of Tanzania

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Physical characteristics, microbial and chemical quality, pH and cholesterol level were analysed from 120 table eggs randomly collected from households, retailers and at market in Dodoma city, Central part of Tanzania. The eggs sampled at the market were found to have low content of moisture (80.65%), high cholesterol level (15.90 mg/g) and low pH of 6.50 with vast microbial load of 5.622 CFU/mL and 5.690 CFU/mL for Total...

Author(s):Edward Moto and Samwel Sifuni

Evaluation of productive potential and nutritional value of humidicola (brachiaria humidicola) grass in Manesibu District West Welega Zone Oromia, Ethiopia

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This study was carried out to determine the productivity potential and nutritional value of Brachiaria humidicola grass in the enclosed area of Menesibu district. The feed samples from four sites of area enclosure two from highland and two from low land which was established in different years (2007 & 2011) were taken from quadrats placed and demarked and divided with systematically sampling procedures into 3 sub samples...

Author(s):Kassahun DesalegnYalew

Acase report of gastric myiasis in a deer at Safari zoo Lahore

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Tissue (s) of vertebrates when affected with a variety of dipterous (fly) larvae lead condition called Myiasis. Gasterophilus Species are obligate parasites which hosts are donkeys, elephants, rhinoceroses, horses and zebras are those animals which are known as the host of obligate parasites of Gasterophilus Species. Not only in tropical and subtropical regions, these cases are recorded worldwide . In Safari Zoo Lahore a...

Author(s):Asif Iqbal, Ghulam Abbas, Asad Aslam, Fakhar E Aadil, Rimsha Tauqeer, Ali Asghar and Saad Tauqeer

Traditional cattle breeding practices and rate of inbreeding in the mid rift valley of Oromia, Ethiopia

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The study was conducted in Adami Tulu Jidokombolcha, Bora, Dodola, Shala and Negele-Arsi districts with objective to assess cattle breeding practices and rate of inbreeding. Two hundred forty respondents were identified using random sampling techniques. The study result indicated that farmers traditionally use name and ear cutting to identify their local cattle. Body size was ranked as primary selection criteria of bulls...

Author(s):Aman Gudeto, Tesfaye Alamu Tucho and Tesfaye Kebede

Effects of dietary energy and protein levels on slaughter performance, carcass yields and qualities of Hararghe Highland and Afar Sheep Breeds

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This study aimed to determine dietary effects of energy and protein levels on slaughter performance, carcass yield and qualities of selected sheep breeds. Fifty yearling lambs with a mean IBW of 19.31±1.7 kg (Mean ± SD) were randomly distributed into five dietary treatments i.e., mEmP(minimum Energy and Protein), MEMP (medium energy and protein), MEHP(medium Energy and high Protein), HEMP(high energy and medium protein),...

Author(s):Sileshi Gadissa, Mitiku Eshetu, Mengistu Urge, Adugna Tolera, Fekede Feyissa

Grazing behavior, growth performance, carcass yield and economic analysis of steers supplemented with concentrate in an integrated crop-livestock system

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This trial evaluated concentrate supplementation on grazing behavior, growth performance, carcass yield and economic analysis of off-season steer production in an integrated crop-livestock system (ICL). A randomized block design with the pastures (modules) as blocks, with 4 treatments, 4 groups of animals per treatment and 3 animals per group (N=48, 395±16 kg) was used to evaluate increasing levels of concentrate...

Author(s):Perecles Brito Batista, Severino Gonzaga Neto, Danilo Gusmao de Quadros, Gherman Garcia Leal Araújo, Douglas Tolleson, Heraldo Namorato de Souza

Effect of Crossing Koekoek and Sasso Chicken on Egg Quality Traits

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This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of crossing Koekoek (KK) and Sasso (SS) chicken on egg quality traits. To fulfill this aim, a total of 720 eggs have been collected to test egg quality. Data have been collected for the variables such as:- egg, albumen, yolk and shell weight, shell thickness, shape index, yolk color, albumen and yolk height, yolk diameter, yolk index, egg strength, specific gravity and Haugh...

Author(s):Bayesa Tolasa, Ahmad Seid, Wasihun Hassen and Mohamed Aliy

Goat farmers production objectives and trait preferences in the North West Province of South Africa: An approach to identify selection criteria for community-based breeding programs

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Breeding practices and trait preferences are key to defining sound breeding objectives and designing genetic improvement programs at community level. The current study identifies these factors for village goats within a pilot community-based breeding program in Pella village, North West province, South Africa. Thirty-five farmers were interviewed using semi-structured questionnaire survey to characterize goat farmers...

Author(s):Thobile Fortunate Mtshali, Olivia Ntanganedzeni Mapholi, Keabetswe Tebogo Ncube , Edgar Farai Dzomba, Tlou C Matelele, T.C. Chokoe , T.D. Mphahlele, Farai Catherina Muchadeyi and Khanyisile Hadebe

In vitro antibacterial activity of Allium sativum (garlic) extract against Salmonella typhimurium

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The inappropriate and irrational use of antibiotics in poultry industry has led to the emergence of resistant microbial populations such as Salmonella typhimurium, which is responsible for 26% of cases of enterocolitis in humans. In the fight against this bacterium, Allium sativum (garlic) would be an effective alternative. This is because several studies claim the effectiveness of garlic in the prevention and treatment of...

Author(s):Edith Chimene Tchoupou Tchoupou, Michael Oster, Harriet M. Ndofor-Foleng, Jermain Ossei, Christophe Chrysostome, Klaus Wimmers, Anselm Onyimonyi

Phenotypic Characterization of Indigenous Chicken Ecotypes in Awi Zone, Ethiopia

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The study was conducted in three districts of Awi zone in Amhara region, with the aim to characterize andidentify the phenotypic variation of indigenous chickenecotypes. A total of 720 indigenous chicken ecotypes were females (504) and males (216) from the whole districts) to describe qualitative and quantitative traits. Local chicken were mostly normal feathered and large phenotypic variability among ecotypes was observed...

Author(s):Andualem Yihun, Manzoor Ahmed Kirmani, Meseret Molla

Assessment of Sheep Production Systems and Marketing Practices in Meket and Gidan district, North Wollo Zone, Ethiopia

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The study was conducted to generate comprehensive information on production systems, husbandry and marketing practices of indigenous sheep breed in Meket and Gidan district of North Wollo Zone, Ethiopia. The study was performed based on household survey. For household survey, 240 households (120 from each district) were involved. Qualitative data were analyzed by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Mixed...

Author(s):Tarekegn Demeke, Tesfaye Getachew and Elias Bayou

Dietary effectof sundried cassava starch extract pulp on the haematology and serum biochemistry weaned pigs

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The early-life fast growing rate of modern strains of domestic animals comes with a number of problems which may include incidence of metabolic disorders, blood related diseases, skeletal diseases, mortality and morbidity. To this effect, this study was carried out to investigate the effects of graded levels of sundried cassava starch extract pulp (SCSEP) on blood indices (haematology, serum, white blood cell differential...

Author(s):Ogunbode Adesina Amao, Akinosun Akintunde Akinbola, Azeez Jelilat Olamide, Dauda Rukayat Adedoyin, Ogunniyi Funbi Bamise and John Friday

Influence of Strain and Non-Genetic Factors on Growth and Reproductive Characteristics of Indigenous Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris)

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The study was conducted to examine the influence of strain and non-genetic factors on growth and reproduction of indigenous Guinea fowl. Four strains of indigenous Guinea fowls: Pearl, Lavender, White and Black were used. Three non-genetic factors were considered: season of hatch, generation and sex of bird. Data were collected on 600 indigenous Guinea fowls. Data were analysed with the General Linear Procedure (GLM) of...

Author(s):G. Aryee, S.Y. Annor, A. Duodu and E. Arhin

Effect of supplementation of mixture of cowpea haulms and maize grain on weight gains of Abergelle goats

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The study was undertaken at Adiha in Kola Tembien district of Ethiopia with the objectives to evaluate the effect of supplementation of mixture of cowpea haulms and maize grain on weight gains of Abergelle goats and its economic feasibility. Eight farmers who provided three similar in weight male yearling Abergelle goats participated in the study. Initial body weight of experimental goats was 17.7 kg + 0.75 kg...

Author(s):Desta Tekle and Teferi Aregawi

On station determination of appropriate level of feed ration supplementation for local intact rams

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The study was conducted in Mekelle Agricultural Research Center to evaluate four rations for ram fattening based on station feeding trial and to evaluate the profitability of concentrate feed supplementation of the rams. Twenty-five intact rams of yearly age (1PPI dentition) with an average initial body weight of 19.3 ± 2.1 (mean ± SD) were purchased from the local market of the highland sheep population found in Atsbi...

Author(s):Weldeyesus Gebreyowhens

Reproductive Performances, management practices and constraints of Zebu X Holstein-Friesian Crossbred (F1) Dairy Cows in Hadiya zone southern Ethiopia

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This study was conducted to assess reproductive performances of crossbred (Holstein-Friesian dairy cows with Ethiopian Local zebu dairy cattle which is known as Zebu cattle),farmers management practices and factors affecting performances of Crosses of dairy cattle in Shashogo and Anlemo distincts of Hadiya Zone, Southern Ethiopia. Purposive sampling techniques were used to select district and kebeles. A total of 196...

Author(s):Kesim Halango, Abegaze Beyene and Ahmad Said

Assessment of breeding practice of dairy cattle in Dawuro Zone, Southern Ethiopia

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The study was conducted to assess of breeding practices of dairy cattle in Dawuro zone, southern Ethiopia. Based on their milking shed potentiality and dairy production availability, three districts/Woreda from Dawuro zone and two kebeles from each district were purposively selected for questionnaire administration. Then a total of 180 dairy holding households (60 from each district) having dairy stocks were interviewed at...

Author(s):Yaekob Lorato Lomba

Assessment of opportunity and challenges of indigenous beef cattle breeds production practice and marketing system in Dawro zone, Southern Ethiopia

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This study was conducted to assess constraints and opportunity of indigenous beef cattle production, and marketing system in Dawuro Zone, southern Ethiopia. To achieve these objective secondary and primary data were used. Mareka, Tocha, Isera districts were selected for study. Thirty indigenous beef breed farm owners were randomly selected for study area, ten farm owners selected from each district. As respondent notify...

Author(s):Yaekob Lorato , Merhun Lamaro

Performance of Three Broiler Strains Fed Standard Feed

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A six weeks experiment was conducted to determine the growth performance, feed intake and slaughter characteristics of three broiler strains fed standard feed. Fifty (50) day-old-chicks each of Arbor Acres Farm Support, Arbor Acres Grinphield and Marshall Grinphield were used. Each strain was randomly allotted into 5 replicates and each replicate had 10 birds. The design used was a completely randomized design. Feed and...

Author(s):Sudik SD

Begait sheep production systems and breeding practices of smallholder farmers in Tigrai, Ethiopia

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Reconnaissance tour, focus group discussion and semi-structured interview were used to generate the dataset from 144 randomly selected small holder Begait sheep owners in two districts of Tigrai region, namely Tahtayadyabo and Kaftahumera, Ethiopia to understand Begait sheep production systems and identify breeding practices, breeding objectives, and constraints as a first step towards developing breeding strategies of...

Author(s):Teklehaimanot Tsigab, Yosef Tadese and Zelealem Tesfay

Productive Performances of Bovans Brown, Sasso and Potchefstroom Koekoek Chicken Breeds Under Selected Management Systems in Legambo District South Wollo Zone, Ethiopia

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The experiment was conducted at Legambo district between January and July 2018 to evaluate the productive performances of Bovans Brown (BB), Sasso (SS) and Potchefstroom Koekoek (PK) chicken breeds under backyard and semi-intensive management systems. A total of 900-day-old chicks were reared up to 91 days of age. Body Weight (BW), Final Body Weight (FBW), Average daily gain (ADG), Feed Intake (FI), mortality and reason of...

Author(s):Seid Yimer, Gezahegn Tadesse, Mekonnen Yirga

Effects of vitamin e administration on some milk constituents and serum oxidative status of lactating west african dwarf (WAD) goats

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Lactating animals are exposed to oxidative stress (OS) which influences milk composition. Administration of vitamin E could mitigate the effects of the OS and improve milk production. This study was conducted to determine the effects of vitamin E administration on some milk constituents and serum oxidative status of lactating West African Dwarf (WAD) goats. Eighteen WAD does with mean live-weight of 17.5kg ±0.04 were...

Author(s):Y.O. Falade, I. J. James, A.O. Adelabu, S.O. Adeoye

The effects of feeding graded levels of Lawsonia inermis leaf on external and internal egg parameters (egg quality) and egg production of Isa brown hens

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The Objectives of this study is to investigate the effect of diets containing different levels of Lawsonia inermis leaf on egg production and egg quality (internal and external) of Isa Brown hens. 150 point of laying birds (18 weeks) were used for the experiment. They were divided into five treatment groups (T1, T2, T3, T4, and T5 fed 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40g/kg Lawsonia inermis leaf meal respectively). Each treatment...

Author(s):Adedeji Olusegun, Adeniran Paul Olusegun, Olabisi Mary Toba, Balogun Oyinlola Esther, Shobowale Ibironke Igbeyinadun

Reproductive Performance and Associated Health Problems at Alagae Dairy Farm, Central Ethiopia

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Study was conducted between November 2015 and March 2016 at Alage dairy farm. the objective of study was to evaluate ten years record and the current status of dairy farm A total of 370 cow’s record and 105 monitored dairy cows’ were used for the study. The overall mean of 27.68±6.48 age at first service (AFS), 37.8±6.88 age at first calving(AFC), 16.36±5.2 calving interval (CI), 6.93±4.79months of days...

Author(s):Solomon Mekuria, Tajebe Jerjero, Abayneh Acha

Phenotypic Characterization of Indigenous Chicken Populations of northwestern North Western Tigrai, northern Ethiopia

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Indigenous chicken populations are known for their ability to produce with limited feed resources and minimum management. Although phenotypic characterization is important for improvement and genetic conservation those populations are not fully characterized. A study was conducted to identify and describe phenotypic characteristics and document diversity of the indigenous chicken populations of northwestern Tigrai,...

Author(s):Kibrom Gebremedhin, Teklehaimanot Tsigab, Tsegay Gebregergs, Mulalem Zenebe

Characterization of indigenous chicken production and breeding practices in BakoTibe and Dano districts of Western Oromia, Ethiopia

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The study was conducted in Bako Tibe and Dano districts of Oromia region, Ethiopia with the objectives to identify indigenous chicken production, husbandry and breeding practices and farmer’s traits preference of chickens. Data were collected using semi-structured formal questionnaires and focus group discussions. A total of 119 households (60 from Bako Tibe and 59 from Dano district), were randomly selected using a...

Author(s):Gutu Fekede, Yosef Tadesse and Wondemeneh Esatu

Production objectives and farmers selection criteria of indigenous sheep types in some selected East Gojam Zone Districts, North western Ethiopia: Implication for designing community based breeding strategies

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This study was aimed to generate basic information on production objectives and selection criteria of indigenous sheep types under farmer’s management condition in some selected East Gojam zone districts. Multistage purposive sampling was employed based on the potential of sheep production. For that purpose About 270 households (90 from each district) were used for household survey. The main objectives of keeping sheep...

Author(s):Michael Abera, Kefelegn kebede and Yoseph Mekasha

Review on bovine hydatidosis and its public health and economic importance in Ethiopia

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Hydatidosis is a globally distributed zoonotic parasitic disease, caused by larval stages of Echinococcus granulosus for which large numbers of mammalian species are significant hosts for the occurrence of hydatid cyst in man. Livestock are infected through the ingestion of contaminated pasture with the feces of infected dogs. Dogs usually become infected by ingestion of contaminated meat of cattle and other livestock with...

Author(s):Zinabu Nigus Belay

Major Causes of Organs and Carcass Condemnation of Cattle Slaughtered at Hirna Municipal Abattior, Western Hararghe Zone

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Cross sectional study was conducted from November, 2018 to March, 2019 to investigate the major causes of organs/carcass condemnation and to estimate the financial loss encountered in cattle slaughtered at Hirna municipal abattoir. Both Ante mortem and Post mortem examination were employed to detect any abnormalities on the animals during the study period. Accordingly, a total of 384 randomly selected slaughtered cattle...

Author(s):Mishamo Sulayeman, Yared Tesfaye, Gizachew Hailegebrea, Mandefrot Meaza

On Farm Phenotypic Characterization of Indigenous Goats Types in Bale zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

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The aim of this study was to characterize goat types of Bale zone using quantitative and qualitative trait and estimate body weight through measuring different body measurements of goats. Purposive and multistage sampling were used for selection of district and kebeles. about 567 female and 63 male goats were sampled for body measurement and morphometric character. Out of the total sampled goat population in the study area...

Author(s):Belete Asefa, Kefelegn Kebede, Kefena Effa

Effects of Supplementing Borana Dairy Cows with Local (Vachelliatortilis pods) and Conventional Feeds on Milk Yield and Milk Composition in South Ethiopia

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An experiment was conducted at Yabello Pastoral and Dryland Agricultural Research Center in Oromia National Regional State to evaluate the effects of local and conventional feed supplementation on milk yield and milk composition of Borana cows. Twelve lactating Borana cows of first parity and second parity with similar stage of lactation were used. The experiment had four treatments with three replications using randomized...

Author(s):Beshir Hussien and Birhanu Bekele

Evaluation and Demonstration of Dual Purpose Chicken “Potchefstroom Koekoek” Technology Packages under small holder farmers in Central and North western Tigray Ethiopia

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Introduction of Koekoek chicken was carried out at Adwa and MedabayZana districts in Tigray to evaluate its performance and promote the breed with full-fledged poultry packages. The areas were selected purposely to centre the two potential zones of the region. Each participant was given about 50 day old chicks along with starter feed, drinkers and feeders. Data on survival, productivity, costs and farmers’ perception...

Author(s):Bruh Weldemariam, Mearg Fitsum, Alemayohu Amare, Bahlbi Weldegebreal, Brhanu Haile

Traditional Breeding Objectives of Indigenous Sheep Populations Reared in East Shoa and West Arsi Zone of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

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The study was conducted in Adami Tulu Jido Kombolcha and Bora districts from east Shoa zone as well as Kofele and Asasa from west Arsi zone of Oromia regional state. The objective of this study was to describe the breeding objectives of the farmers who keep indigenous sheep found in the study areas. The study was conducted using semi–structured questionnaire, followed by focus group discussions. A questionnaire was used...

Author(s):Ashebir Worku, Aberra Melesse, Sandip Banerjee

Phenotypic response to mass selection for weaning weight and 18-month weight in Tswana cattle

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The objectives of this study were to identify the significant environmental factors that influenced growth traits and to evaluate phenotypic response of growth traits to selection at weaning (S1) and 18-months of age (S2) and the unselected control line (S3) in Tswana cattle. Phenotypic analysis for average daily gains (ADGs) and growth traits were conducted using 7223 records of animals which were born between 1996 and...

Author(s):M. I. Keoletile, S. D. Mulugeta and J. C. Moreki

Nutrient Utilization and Fattening Performances of Menz Ram Lambs Fed Grass Hay Basal Diet and Supplemented Wheat Bran and Lentil broken screening

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An experiment was conducted to evaluate fattening performance of Menz ram lambs fed grass hay basal diet and supplemented different combination of wheat bran and lentil broken screening. The treatments were T1 (30g wheat bran 133g lentil broken screening), T2 (235g lentil broken screening only), T3 (285g wheat bran only), and T4 (227g wheat bran and 120 lentil broken screening). Twenty four Menz ram lambs of 8 to 10 months...

Author(s):Wude Tsega, Berhan Tamir and Girma Abebe

Productive Performances of Crossbred Dairy Cattle at Holetta Agricultural Research Center

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This study was conducted to evaluate the productive performances of crossbred dairy cattle at Holetta research center dairy farm. A total of 8123 performance records were used and analyzed to determine the effect of period of calving, season of calving, parity and genetic group. The parameters used us indicator of productive performances were Lactation milk yield (LMY), daily milk yield (DMY) and lactation length (LL). The...

Author(s):Kefale Getahun, Million Tadesse, Direba Hundie, Yosef Tadesse

Enset (Ensete ventricosum) as a livestock feed in Ethiopia – review

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Feed shortage in terms of quantity and quality is a major problem affecting livestock production and productivity in Ethiopia. Although there is livestock feed shortage in the country however, the available conventional and non-conventional feed resources are not properly utilized by farmers. Enset is a monocarpic short-lived perennial plant which is widely cultivated in the central, southern and south-western parts of...

Author(s):Nigussu Fekade

Phenotypic characterization of local chicken ecotypes of Benishangul-gumuz region, western Ethiopia

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This study was conducted in four districts (Bambassi, Kamashi, Mao-komo and Homosha) of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state to describe physical and morphological characteristics of local chicken population in the study area. A total of 847 matured local chickens (619 females and 228 males) were randomly sampled from the study area. Mean live body weight and other linear body measurements of males was significantly (p

Author(s):Habtamu Alebachew, Alemayehu Abebe, Dessie Abera Fekadu Begna, Kedja Ahmed, Alayu Tarekegn and Diribi Mijana

Estimates of covariance components and genetic parameters for growth traits in Tswana cattle selected for increased weaning or eighteen-month weights

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The objective of this study was to estimate variance-covariance components and genetic parameters for growth traits in Tswana cattle. Genetic analyses for ADGs and growth traits were conducted using 7223 records of animals which were born between 1996 and 2013 from 1662 dams and 188 sires in 54 contemporary groups, using both univariate and bivariate animal models. Heritability estimates for growth traits ranged from...

Author(s): M. I. Keoletile and S. D. Mulugeta

Environmental and genetic components influencing mature cow weight in Tswana cattle selected for early growth traits

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The objective of this study was to determine the environmental and genetic factors influencing mature cow weight (MCW) trait in Tswana cattle breed. Analyses of environmental and genetic effects for mature cow weight trait were performed using 19301 records of Tswana cows born between 1996 and 2010 from 610 dams and 137 sires in 54 contemporaries. Mature cow weight trait was analysed using repeatability model. The...

Author(s):M. I. Keoletile and S. D. Mulugeta

Analysis of environmental and genetic factors influencing reproductive traits and calf survival to weaning in Tswana cattle selected for early growth traits

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The objective of this study was to determine the environmental and genetic factors affecting reproductive traits and calf survival from birth to weaning in Tswana breed of cattle. Analyses of environmental and genetic effects for calf survival traits were done using 7223 records of animals which were born between 1996 and 2013 from 1659 dams and 188 sires in 54 contemporaries. Analyses of environmental and genetic effects...

Author(s):M. I. Keoletile, S. D. Mulugeta

Comparing Management and Biosecurity of Feedlots before Live Animal Export: Livestock Export from Adama Quarantine Stations, DireDawa, Ethiopia

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To improve the competitiveness of live animals and meat export from Ethiopia tremendous interventions in the coordination of livestock marketing activities and biosecurity for provision of market support services are needed. Therefore, this study was conducted to compare and identify the management and biosecurity and major constraints of feedlot industries in Adama quarantine area. Three feedlot farms were used to collect...

Author(s):Jirata Shiferaw and Wesenu Berhanu

Chemical Composition and Comprehensive Strength of Urea Molasses Blocks Supplements Using Different Drying Method and Binding Agents for Ruminants

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The study was designed to evaluate the chemical composition and comprehensive strength of urea molasses blocks using different binding agents, fibre source and drying methods. Different blocks were produced and dried for seven days under shade and sun. Dry matter content was higher 92.7% in sun dried rice bran with cement (SRWC) and 92.6% in sun dried wheat offal with cement (SWWC) with the least 88.0% in shade dried wheat...

Author(s):Jibrin Yerima

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