International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 264

IJLP Articles

Assessment of potential of natural pasture and other feed resources in sweet potato production system of Shebedino District, Sidama Zone, SNNPRS, Ethiopia

August 2015

Potential of natural pasture in Shebedino district, Southern Ethiopia was assessed. Based on availability and practice of supplementation of sweet potato vine (SPV) for livestock, 6 representative kebeles were selected from among 3 towns, 4 Degas, 15 sweet-potato-producing (SPP) and 13 sweet-potato-non-producing (SPNP) Kebeles. From each Kebele 30 households (HHs) were randomly selected and interviewed. Grazing land was...

Author(s): Tegene N., Dinku G. and Mohammed B.

Rural farm families’ probable acceptability of small ruminant’s milk for consumption in Ogun State

July 2015

The nutritional intake of the rural households, which is largely characterised by carbohydrates at the expense of protein intake, has the potentials of being improved through the consumption of sheep and goats’ milk. With the widespread of small ruminant keeping by rural households in most developing countries, the study embarked on investigation of possible acceptability of sheep and goats’ milk for...

Author(s): Adewumi O. O., Lawal-Adebowale O. A. and Adegbemile D. A.

Statistical determination of chick sex from pre-hatch egg measurements

July 2015

This study was aimed at using weight and morphometric measures of hatching eggs to predict the sex of chicks they would produce a priori, by building a statistical discriminant function.  The data for the study came from three different strains (Anak, Marshall and Ross) of broiler hens that have adapted well to the hot humid environment of South Western Nigeria.  A total of 1826 hatching eggs of the three...

Author(s): Olatunji Tajudeen Fazazi Abanikannda and Abisogun Olubode Leigh

Isolation, identification of Staphylococcus aureus from bovine milk and its antibiotics susceptibility

June 2015

The isolation, identification of Staphylococcus aureus from bovine milk and its antibiotic susceptibility was studied. One milliliter of each freshly drawn milk sample was inoculated into 9 ml of sterile peptone water and incubated overnight. A loop full of peptone water broth was streaked on blood agar base enriched with sheep blood using the quadrant streaking method for each quarter. Blood agar plates were incubated...

Author(s): Anueyiagu K. N. and Isiyaku A. W.

Effects of water exchange on water quality parameters, nutrient utilization and growth of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus)

May 2015

This experiment investigated the effects of water exchange on water quality parameters and growth of Clarias gariepinus. 225 C. gariepinus of mean weight 2.60 ± 0.01 g were stocked at 15 fish per treatment in three replicates. Water quality and growth parameters such as mean weight gain (MWG), specific growth rate (SGR), food conversion ratio (FCR) and protein efficiency ratio (PER) were calculated using standard...

Author(s): Adebola Oluyinka Ajiboye, Adeniyi Adediran Awogbade and Oluseun Adebola Babalola

Productive performance evaluation of Dorper sheep crosses (50% Dorper × pure Adilo indigenous sheep breed) under farmer conditions in different agro ecological zones

May 2015

A case history based study was conducted in Wolaita and Siltie zones, with the objectives of evaluating the productive performance of Dorper sheep crosses. The study woreda were purposively selected from two zones, on the basis of Dorper sheep breed distribution with purposive sampling techniques. Households of all farmers who received the Dorper sheep breed were monitored by establishing sample frame. Production data...

Author(s): Ermias Belete, Gebeyehu Goshu and Berhan Tamir

Effect of a liquid extract of Moringa oleifera on body weight gain and overall body weight of weaning pigs

May 2015

Weaning piglets were continuously delivered a fermented extract of Moringa oleifera at a dilution of 1/250 in the drinking water beginning at 21 or 28 days of age. Weekly body weight and weight gain were measured for 5 consecutive weeks in the fermented extract treated and the control group. There was no significant difference between those groups (P<0.05), except the body weight gain in the period 21-28 days...

Author(s): Pfaff, Oliver, Fausto Solís de los Santos, Fernando Fernández, Idelvi Ramos, and Barbara Abukarma

Studies on the calf mortality pattern in Gir breed

April 2015

This study aims to investigate calf mortality pattern in Gir breed. Research data were collected from the records of Gir herd, maintained at Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Dairy Farm Kasturbagram Khandwa Road, Indore M.P., covering a period of 16 years (from 1994 to 2009). The period-wise distribution of calf mortality showed that highest mortality rate (18.9%) was recorded in period P4 (2006 to 2009) and the...

Author(s): A. K. Mishra, N. S. Rawat, S. Nanawati and A. K. Gaur

Welfare issues of calf management practices in small scale dairy farms, Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka

April 2015

Public concern on welfare of dairy calves remains low in Sri Lanka. Therefore, a survey was conducted to assess the welfare issues of dairy calf management practices in120 small scale dairy farms (herd size 7.85 ± 3.25: Mean ± SD) in Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka. Farmers were selected by using multistage random sampling technique and data collection was performed by the interview with the farmer using a...

Author(s): R. M. A. S. Bandara, M. A. J. P., Rajapaksha, Munasinghe, K. M. N. Wijerathna and P. K. M. P. Kumara

Application of body volume formula for predicting live weight in Ongole crossbred cows

March 2015

Study was conducted to estimate the live weight in Ongole crossbred cow using chest girth, body length and body volume model represented by chest girth and body length dimensions in North Sulawesi province. Data on animal live weight (LW), body length (BL), chest girth (CG) and body volume were collected from cows (n=363) kept by traditional household farmers. Animal body volume was calculated using cylinder volume...

Author(s): U. Paputungan, L. Hakim, G. Ciptadi and H. F. N. Lapian

Distribution and characteristics of poultry farms in Enugu State, Nigeria after the 2007 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza

March 2015

The objective of this study was to evaluate the distribution and characteristics of poultry farms in Enugu State, Nigeria after the 2007 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Structured questionnaire, interview, and physical enumeration and measurements were used to collect data on number of farms, farm capacity, farm location, type of bird reared, and socio-economic attributes of farmers. Data collected were...

Author(s): Uchendu, G. C., Ihedioha, J. I., Ogbu, C. and Onyeaka, E. C.

Milk composition of Chiapas sheep breed under grazing conditions

February 2015

The objective of this study was to estimate and model the percentage of protein, fat, lactose, non-fatty solids and protein-fat relationship variation in a 90-day milking period, from 136 test-day milk yield records of 46 Chiapas ewes. Least square means were estimated using a mixed model with repeated measures considering year (2006 to 2007), lactation (2, 3, 4, 5), variety (white, brown and black) and the interaction...

Author(s): Karin Nicole Carrillo-Pineda, Reyes López-Ordaz, Adimelda del Carmen Méndez-Gómez, Marisela Peralta-Lailson, Raúl Ulloa-Arvizu and Carlos Gustavo Vázquez-Peláez

Developing a farm audit to address the problems of stock welfare on small holder dairy farms in Asia

February 2015

The welfare of an animal relates primarily to its ability to cope, firstly with its external environment, such as housing, handing by humans, weather and the presence of other animals, and secondly with its internal environment, such as specific injuries or illnesses and nutritional status. Direct animal measurements are good indicators of animals’ current well-being and help identify longer term animal welfare...

Author(s): J. B. Moran

Analysis of performance, management practices and challenges to intensive pig farming in peri-urban Kampala, Uganda

January 2015

Uganda is currently among the largest per capita consumers of pork in sub Saharan Africa. Most of this pork is consumed in “pork joints” in Kampala and other major urban centers in the country. However, the current productivity is low and cannot meet the soaring demand for pork. No information was previously available on the performance productivity of intensive piggeries in Uganda. This study was aimed at...

Author(s): Okello, Emmanuel,, Amonya, Collins, Okwee-Acai, James, Erume, Joseph and De Greve, Henri,

Characterization of pastoral herding in Kanem (Chad)

January 2015

The present survey was conducted to characterize herding practices and overall production performances of pastoral systems in the Kanem region, Chad. Overall, 69 livestock keepers were interviewed, among which 12 sedentary agro-breeders, 35 mobile agro-herders, and 22 nomadic herders. Species association is a main feature of the herd structure. Agro-herders make most often an association between cattle and small...

Author(s): Koussou Mian-oudanang, Sougnabé Pabamé and Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux

The effect of replacement of part of dietary crude protein with urea on the performance and carcass characteristics of grasscutters (Thryonomys swinderianus) in captivity

December 2014

A 24 week feeding trial was conducted to evaluate the effect of replacing a portion of protein requirement of grasscutters with urea on growth performance, carcass characteristics and microbial composition of the caecum. In all, forty grassscutters of age 3- months old were used. There were four dietary treatments with ten replicates in a randomised complete block design. The treatments were; control (U0%-P) which had...

Author(s): Buasilenu E. K., Tuah A. K., Bonsu F. R. K., Kagya-Agyemang J. K., Annor S. Y. and Baah J.

Production practices and constraints of pig farms in N’Djamena area, Chad

December 2014

Practices and constraints of pig farming in the area of N'Djamena were submitted to transversal and retrospective and longitudinal investigation. The study concerned a sample of 176 farmers, divided in 4 of the 5 districts where pigs are raised in N'Djamena and 12 surrounding villages. The survey rate was 12% in N’Djamena and 20% in the suburban area. The monitoring concerned 8 farms in the city and 7 at...

Author(s): Mopaté Logténé Youssouf, Vounparet Zeuh, Issa Youssouf Adoum and Kaboré-Zoungrana Chantal-Yvette

Biosecurity practices in Central Ethiopian cattle feedlots: Its implication for live cattle export

November 2014

Biosecurity is the implementation of measures that reduce the risk of the introduction and spread of disease agents. Biosecurity is a cornerstone of herd health maintenance in export-oriented feedlots. The aim of this study was to document current biosecurity practice in export-oriented cattle feedlots in Central Ethiopia and to discuss its implication for live cattle export. In this study 31 export-oriented cattle...

Author(s): Gezahegn Alemayehu and Samson Leta   

Creating animal welfare assessment method for backyard goat production in the Philippines using stockmanship competence as proxy indicator

October 2014

Measuring animal welfare is a newly emerging area of research and it requires multi-disciplinary approach to achieve it. Due to the diversity of what constitute the definition of animal welfare, different methods and models have been suggested, and were mostly implemented in semi-intensive and commercial farms in developed countries. There are hardly any studies on animal welfare assessment conducted in backyard...

Author(s): M. J. Alcedo, K. Ito and K. Maeda

Analysis of creditworthiness and loan repayment among bank of agriculture loan beneficiaries (Poultry farmers) in Cross River State, Nigeria

September 2014

Due to the high rate of defaults amongst loan beneficiaries in Nigeria and Cross River State in particular, this study examined creditworthiness and loan repayment of poultry farmers in Cross River State. Specifically, the study assessed credit worthiness of borrowers, identified factors that discriminate between credit worthy and non credit worthy farmers and analyzed factors that influence the farmers' ability to...

Author(s): Ajah E. A., Eyo E. O. and Ofem U. I.

Factors influencing urban and peri-urban dairy producers’ participation in milk value addition and volume of milk value added in Welmera Woreda, West Shewa Zone of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

September 2014

Value addition is currently becoming an important topic in agricultural sector, especially for perishable agricultural products. The aim of this paper was to assess factors influencing urban and peri-urban dairy producers’ participation in milk value addition and volume of milk value added (VMVA) in Welmera Woreda. The study employed both primary and secondary data. The primary data were collected by structured...

Author(s): Tadele Mamo, Tewodros Tefera and Noreen Byre

Relative economic value estimates of grasscutter production traits

August 2014

The study was conducted to estimate relative economic values (REVs) of survival, body weight, growth rate, reproduction, docility and food intake. Data were obtained from records of grasscutters (Thryonomys swinderianus) kept at the grasscutter section of the Department of Animal Science Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. Average values of production inputs and outputs parameters were computed from...

Author(s): S. Y. Annor,, B. K. Ahunu, G. S. Aboagye, K. Boa-Amponsem and J.P. Cassady

Infrastructure disparities in rural India: With special reference to livestock support services and veterinary infrastructure

August 2014

The prosperity of a country depends directly upon the development of agriculture and industry, and the production of agriculture and industry requires irrigation, power, machinery, credit, energy and telecommunication facilities, marketing services, transport services which includes railway, roads, shipping and communication facilities etc. All these facilities and services which help in industrial and agricultural...

Author(s): Pushpa Yadav, B. S. Chandel and Smita Sirohi

Economics of phytase enzyme supplementation in low energy-protein layer chicken diet

July 2014

A production trial was carried out utilizing 200 single comb White Leghorn hybrid Athulya layers to study the economics of phytase supplementation at three different levels in low energy-protein diet with reference to the cost of egg production and net profit per egg for a period of 20 weeks. Phytase was supplemented at 0, 500 and 1000 units/kg in low energy, protein and energy-protein layer diets containing available...

Author(s): P. Ponnuvel, K. Narayanankutty, A. Jalaludeen and P. Anitha

Honeybee colony marketing and its implications for queen rearing and beekeeping development in Tigray, Ethiopia

July 2014

Colony marketing is an important venture in Werieleke district of Tigray region in Ethiopia. This research was conducted in Nebelet and Maikinetal colony market centres of the district to characterize market actors, colonies, the markets and prices by interviewing 120 market actors. This was run for 6 market days at one week interval (July to September in 2010) by interviewing 5 sellers and 5 purchasers from each market...

Author(s): Teweldemedhn Gebretinsae and Yayneshet Tesfay

Analysis of the determinants of the sustainability of cattle marketing systems in Zambezi Region of north-eastern communal area of Namibia

July 2014

This article aims to contribute to a better understanding of variables that influence the motivation behind the preferred choice of cattle marketing channels in north eastern communal area of Namibia. The data required for the study were collected through a small-scale survey, key informants in-depth interviews and review of secondary data were analysed using Multinomial Logistical Regression. The results showed that...

Author(s): B. Thomas, C. Togarepi and A. Simasiku

Alternative remedies and approaches used by resources-challenged farmers in the management of cattle black-leg disease in Umzingwane district, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe

June 2014

Cattle productivity has been minimized by the occurrence of diseases such as blackleg. This study was conducted to determine and document how resource-challenged farmers of Umzingwane district of Zimbabwe use alternative remedies to manage cattle blackleg cases. Random sampling was used to select 90 beef cattle farmers who were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Results of the study revealed that cattle...

Author(s): B. Moyo, S. L. Ndlovu, S. Moyo, P. J. Masika, V. Muchenje, D. N. Ndhlovu and V. Maphosa

Non-genetic factors affecting fitness traits in the grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus)

June 2014

This study was conducted at the grasscutter section of the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, to estimate non-genetic effects on reproductive and survival traits. Data consisted of records on 136 does from 2006 to 2010. Litter size at weaning, litter weight and lactation weight loss all increased (P < 0.01) with increasing litter size at birth. Litter weight and lactation weight loss increased (P < 0.05) at...

Author(s): S. Y. Annor,, B. K. Ahunu, G. S. Aboagye, K. Boa-Amponsem and J. P. Cassady

Effect of varying levels of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) haulms on the growth performance of weaners rabbits (Oryctalagus cuniculus)

May 2014

Thirty two, 6 to 8 weeks old rabbits of mongrel origin, balanced for sex and weighing averagely 0.92 kg were allotted to four dietary treatments in a complete randomized design (CRD) with 8 rabbits per treatment. The diets contained groundnut haulms (GH) at 40, 50, 60 and 70% levels of inclusion with a crude protein content of 16%. The rabbits were fed for eight weeks with 6 weeks of preliminary feeding and 2 weeks of...

Author(s): Etchu K. A., Ngu G. T., Yongabi K. A. and Woogeng I. N.

Effect of wheat straw urea treatment and Leucaena leucocephala foliage hay supplementation on intake, digestibility, nitrogen balance and growth of lambs

May 2014

This study evaluated the effect of wheat straw urea treatment and Leucaena leucocephala (LL) foliage hay supplementation on intake, digestibility, nitrogen balance and growth of Ethiopian highland sheep. Thirty-six yearling male lambs were randomly allotted, in randomized complete design, to six dietary treatments:- untreated wheat straw (T1); urea treated wheat straw (T2); T2 plus 100, 200, 300 g LL in T3, T4, T5...

Author(s): Getahun Kebede Yadete

Post-thawed and fresh spermatozoa motion characteristics of Sahiwal bulls under computer-assisted semen analyser (CASA)

April 2014

In this study, motion characteristics of spermatozoa was assessed by computer assisted semen analyser (CASA) for evaluating fertility potential of Sahiwal bulls. Twelve bulls were selected and grouped into two on the basis of age (AGI < 50 months old; AGII > 50 months old) and scrotal circumferences (SCI < 33 cm; SCII > 33 cm). The following CASA parameters i.e., velocity average path (VAP, μm/s),...

Author(s): Ulfina Galmessa, T. K. Mohanty, V. S. Raina, A. K. Gupta and Shiv Prasad

Socio-economic characteristics of poultry production in lowland and midland agro-ecological zones of central Tigray, Ethiopia

April 2014

The study was conducted to explore the socio-economic characteristics of poultry production in lowland and midland agro-ecological zones of central Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. Two districts were selected using systematic random sampling method from midland and lowland agro-ecology. Out of the total chicken keepers in the area 160 sample farmers, 80 from each district were selected randomly using lottery method. Data like...

Author(s): A. T. Alem, G. T. Yayneshet and A. H. Aklilu

Socio-economic characteristics and husbandry practices of cattle breeders in the Vina division, Cameroon

March 2014

In order to assess socio-economic characteristics of cattle breeders and their effect on farmers’ practices, a survey was carried out in Vina division within the Adamawa highlands of Cameroon, from November, 2009 to October, 2010. Data were collected from 159 farmers in 9 localities, using a structured questionnaire. Information on breeder’s ethnic group, age, marital status, education level, number of...

Author(s): Mingoas Kilekoung J. P., Zoli Pagnah A., Tchoumboue J., Ebene Nyoungui J. and Toukala J. P.

Heritability and correlation among first lactation traits in Holstein Friesian cows at Holeta Bull Dam Station, Ethiopia

March 2014

Records of 433 cows from 48 sires that had at least four daughters were used to study genetic parameters for age at first calving, 305 day milk yield, first lactation milk yield, first lactation length, first service period, first dry period and first calving interval. Data were analyzed by the procedures of Restricted Maximum Likelihood Method with animal model. Age at first calving had highest heritability of...

Author(s): Gebeyehu Goshu, Harpal Singh, Karl-Johan Petersson and Nils Lundeheim

Empirical models used for lactation curve analysis in the Chiapas sheep breed using random regression models

March 2014

The objectives of the study were to compare the goodness-of-fit of seven empirical models (orthogonal Legendre polynomials Order 1 to 4; Wood, Ali and Schaeffer and Wilmink functions) to fit lactation curves of three local colour phenotypes (brown, white, and black) of the Chiapas sheep breed; and to evaluate the effect of environmental factors affecting the parameters of the lactation curve of the model of best fit. A...

Author(s): Carlos G. Vázquez-Peláez, José G. García-Muñiz and Nicolas Lopez-Villalobos

Effect of poultry litter with or without enzyme supplementation on the growth performance, nutrient digestibility and economy of rabbit production

February 2014

A 9-week feeding trial was carried out to evaluate the performance, nutrients digestibility and economics of production of rabbits fed poultry litter with or without nutrase xylase (exogenous enzyme) supplementation. 60 cross-breed rabbits with group mean weight (515 to 530 g) were randomly distributed to 10 dietary treatments at 6 rabbits to a treatment group in complete randomization. Results on chemical composition...

Author(s): Ogunsipe, M. H.

Feed resources availability and livestock production in the central rift valley of Ethiopia

February 2014

This study was conducted to investigate feed resource availability in association with livestock production in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Random sampling was used to select target farms. A total of 60 livestock owners were selected from two districts namely Admi Tullu Jidokombolcha and Dugda Bora both in the central Rift Valley. Structured questionnaire, focused group discussions, secondary data sources and...

Author(s): Zewdie Wondatir and Yoseph Mekasha

Isolation of some respiratory viruses from camels

January 2014

The presence of three of the main respiratory viruses found in camels, that is, peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV), bovine para-influenza virus 3 (PIV3) and bovine herpesvirus-1 (BHV-1), was investigated and isolation of these viruses in different cell cultures was carried out. A total of 100 pneumonic camel lungs collected from slaughterhouses were screened for the presence of PPR, PIV3 and BHV-1 viral antigens...

Author(s): Intisar, K. S., Ali, Y. H., Taha, K. M., Musa, M. Z. and Khalafalla, A. I.

Outbreak of theileriosis and anaplasmosis in herd of holstein crossbred cows of Dehradun district of Uttranchal, India: A Himalyan region

January 2014

The theileriosis and anaplasmosis are not common in Himalayan region of India. However, this paper reports the outbreak of theileriosis and anaplasmosis in a herd of Holstein cross bred cows maintained at Graphic Era University Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. This was because of introduction of native Red Sindhi cows. These native cows are in apparent carrier of theileria and anaplasmosis. Even with given treatment for...

Author(s): Shweta Kohli, U. K. Atheya, S. K. Srivastava, P. S. Banerjee and Rajat Garg

The effect of feeding different levels of brewer’s dried grain yeast mixture on the performance of white leghorn chicks

January 2014

This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding different levels of Brewer’s Dried Grain Yeast mixture (BDGY) on the performance of white leghorn chicks. A total of three hundred and twenty four day-old white leghorn chicks were grouped into 18 pens of 18 chicks each, and randomly assigned to six treatments (control, 6% BDGY, 12% BDGY, 18% BDGY, 24% BDGY, 30% BDGY) according to a completely...

Author(s): Zewdu Wondifraw and Berhan Tamir

Breeding practice and objective of indigenous chicken in North Wollo, Amhara regional State, Ethiopia

January 2014

Characterization of breeding practices of indigenous chicken of North Wollo was conducted from January 2011 to May 2012 with the aim to identifying farmers’ trait preferences of chicken, breeding objectives and priority areas of intervention. Focus group discussions were held, followed by a survey using semi-structured questionnaires. The survey revealed that both uncontrolled and controlled mating was practiced....

Author(s): Addisu Hailu, Zewdu Wuletaw and Hailu Mazengia

Fattening performances of culled dairy bulls to boost benefits of dairy farmers in western oromia, Ethiopia

December 2013

Fattening performances for three age groups (G1=12-24, G2=25-36 and G3=37-48 months) were compared under the same feeding management to recommend the best possible age of culling of Horro Friesian crossbred bulls to boost the benefits of dairy farmers.  The study was conducted for a finishing period of 90 days using the recommended level of concentrate supplementation of 3.5 kg/head/day for finishing Horro-Friesian...

Author(s): Chala Merera and Ulfina Galmessa

Effect of feeding Leucaena pallida with concentrate and antihelmentic treatment on growth performance and nematode parasite infestation of Horro ewe lambs in Ethiopia

December 2013

The study was conducted to investigate the effect of supplementing Leucaena pallida in reducing gastrointestinal parasite load and to evaluate growth response of Horro ewe lambs to supplementation and antihelmentic treatment. A total of 32 Horro ewe lambs were randomly assigned to four treatments: Grazing, grazing + antihelmintics only, grazing + 500 g dried Leucaena pallida leaves + 200 g ground maize grain per...

Author(s): Chala Merera, Temesgen Ayana and Tegegn Gudeta

In vitro usage of various non-organic compounds to subdue acidogenic value and enhance the fermentation of alfalfa hay based diets by mixed rumen microbiota

December 2013

Batch cultures of mixed rumen microorganisms were used in a randomized complete block design to study the effects of alfalfa hay-to-concentrate ratio and various non-organic buffering compounds on Acidogenic Value (AV), in vitro dry matter disappearance (IVDMD), medium pH, and AV: IVDMD ratio. Alfalfa hay was included in the experimental diets as: 80% (F80), 60% (F60), 40% (F40), and 20% (F20) on a dry matter (DM)...

Author(s): M. Danesh Mesgaran, J. Amini and M. Paktinat  

Production performance of Fayoumi chickens under intensive management condition of Adami Tulu research center

December 2013

The study was done to characterize the production performance of exotic/Fayoumi chicken/under intensive management condition in semi-arid Ethiopia. Feed consumption, age at 40% egg laying, egg production, mortality rate, hatchability, external and internal their egg quality parameters used as evaluation parameters. Mean feed consumption of starter, grower and layer Fayoumi chicken under intensive management condition in...

Author(s): Tesfa Geleta, Samson Leta and Endalew Bekana

Enhancing the productivity of livestock production in highland of Ethiopia: Implication for improved on‐farm feeding strategies and utilization

October 2013

The feed assessment tool (FEAST) was used to characterize the farming and livestock system. Prior to data collection, a sustainable livelihoods framework (SLF) approach was used in August 2012. The result of the study depict that the contribution of grazing to dry matter (DM), metabolizable energy (ME) and crude protein (CP) content was relatively high for the above average group farmers who reserve more land for the...

Author(s): Mesay Yami, Bedada Begna and Teklemedihin Teklewold

Farmers’ perceived livestock production constraints in Ginchi watershed area: Result of participatory rural appraisal

October 2013

A study was conducted in Ginchi watershed area, Dandi district of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. The objective of the study was to identify farmers’ perception and ranking of the most important constraints to livestock production, and their perceived strategies to alleviate the problems. Data were collected and analyzed by participatory rural appraisal (PRA) tools for this study. The most important problems of...

Author(s): Belay D., Getachew E., Azage T. and Hegde B. H.  

Metabolic status and oestrous cycle in dairy cows

October 2013

A study with 40 multiparous high yielding dairy cows was conducted to investigate the influence of an induced negative energy balance (NEB) on reproductive performance. Energy restriction of 49% was performed for 3 weeks beginning on oestrous cycle day 12 of first oestrous cycle after day 85 post partum (pp). From day 20 to day 150 pp animals were monitored for ovary activity three times weekly using rectal palpation...

Author(s): K. Danowski, J. J. Gross, K. Gellrich, T. Petri, H. A. Van Dorland, R. M. Bruckmaier, H. D. Reichenbach, R. Zimmer, H. H. D. Meyer, F. J. Schwarz and H. Kliem

Biometrical multivariate study of the Zambian indigenous Fat-tailed sheep

October 2013

Body weight and twelve body measurements taken on fifteen ewes and five rams of the Zambian indigenous Fat-tailed were analysed. The sheep were extensively managed in the Southern and driest part of Zambia. The aim of the study was to achieve a preliminary assessment of type and function of the breed based on zoometrical indices produced from combinations of different morphometric values obtained from the field. The...

Author(s): Parés-Casanova, Pere M., Mwaanga, E. S., Caballero, M., Sabaté, J. and Valenzuela, S.

Evaluation of Binjharpuri cattle of India in the native tract

September 2013

Physical characterization of Binjharpuri cattle was done under a project, funded by Orissa Livestock Resources Development Society (OLRDS). This was done by collecting information on herd’s structure, prevailing management practices, body conformation, production and reproduction performance of recently registered breed of cattle viz. Binjharpuri and socio-economic profile of the farmers rearing these cattle....

Author(s): S. K. Dash, B. P. Sethi and P. K. Rao

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