International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 220

Review

Suboptimum reproductive performance among dairy herds in Uganda

Godfrey Bigirwa
  • Godfrey Bigirwa
  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Uganda.
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James Okwee Acai
  • James Okwee Acai
  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Uganda.
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Paul Bogere
  • Paul Bogere
  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Uganda.
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Seok Ki Im
  • Seok Ki Im
  • International Agricultural Development and Cooperation Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 54896, Korea.
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Hyun Kim
  • Hyun Kim
  • TNT Research Co., Ltd, Jeonju 54810, Korea.
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Dae-Jin Kwon
  • Dae-Jin Kwon
  • International Agricultural Development and Cooperation Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 54896, Korea.
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Hak-Kyo Lee
  • Hak-Kyo Lee
  • International Agricultural Development and Cooperation Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 54896, Korea.
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Ki-Duk Song
  • Ki-Duk Song
  • International Agricultural Development and Cooperation Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 54896, Korea.
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  •  Received: 06 September 2018
  •  Accepted: 21 November 2018
  •  Published: 30 April 2019

Abstract

Suboptimum reproductive performance affects the overall profitability of dairy herds. In order to manage this condition, there is need to clearly understand the different forms in which it presents, as well as its possible risk factors under the Ugandan context. This review study was conducted to highlight the different forms of suboptimum reproductive performances among Ugandan dairy herds through literatures from previous studies. At the same time, underscores the coexistence of risk factors of suboptimum reproductive performance among the same dairy herds in Uganda. In Uganda, dairy cattle experienced pathological postpartum cycling patterns, delayed calving to first service intervals, long calving intervals, low pregnancy rates and high abortion rates. Inadequate nutrition, management errors and infectious genital diseases such brucellosis and bovine viral diarrhea were common in these herds. There is need to undertake studies that link the different forms of suboptimum reproductive performance and their possible risk factors.

Key words: Suboptimum reproductive performance, postpartum pathological anestrous, infectious genital diseases.