International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 265

Article in Press

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

Michael Abera, Kefelegn kebede and Yoseph Mekasha

  •  Received: 23 November 2016
  •  Accepted: 13 September 2019
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 were for income generation followed by meat consumption. Appearance, mothering ability, twining ability and lambing interval were most important traits considered by farmers in Gozamen and Sinan to select their ewes. Appearance, progeny performance, mothering ability and coat color were most preferred traits according to their importance to select ewe in Hulet eju district. In all the district farmers give due attention to appearance to select their breeding ram.

Keywords: Production objectives, farmers Selection criteria, East Gojjam zone