Ultrasound diagnosis as low-tech tool for sheep and goat production systems
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Productivity and profitability of meat and milk production from small ruminants are geared by reproductive performance. Ultrasound machines may not seem to fit with preconceived ideas for use in extensive, low input systems, but the technology has become cheaper and more accessible. Within its activities linked to CRP Dryland Systems and CRP Livestock and Fish aiming at improved small ruminants’ productivity, ICARDA has been testing field solutions for ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis to reduce reproductive losses and increase lambing rates in sheep and goat flocks – initially in with Awassi sheep in agro-pastoral systems of Jordan, Karakul sheep in Aral Sea, Angora goats in Fergana Valley and Menz sheep in Ethiopian highlands.