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dc.contributorHaile, Aynalemen_US
dc.contributorTibbo, Markosen_US
dc.contributorSharma, A. K.en_US
dc.contributorSölkner, Johannen_US
dc.contributorWurzinger, Mariaen_US
dc.creatorGetachew, Tesfayeen_US
dc.identifier.citationTesfaye Getachew, Aynalem Haile, Markos Tibbo, A. K. Sharma, Johann Sölkner, Maria Wurzinger. (18/4/2010). Herd management and breeding practices of sheep owners in a mixed crop-livestock and a pastoral system of Ethiopia. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 5 (8), pp. 685-691.en_US
dc.description.abstractAn exploratory survey was undertaken to understand sheep production system, breeding practices and selection criteria for Ethiopian Menz and Afar sheep breeds in their home tract as a step towards developing sustainable sheep breeding strategies. The mean sheep flock size was 31.6 in Menz and 23.0 in Afar area. Half of the pastoralists (Afar) and one-fifth of smallholder farmers (Menz) do not have a breeding ram. Mating was predominantly uncontrolled. Higher chance of mixing sheep flocks was reported in most of the seasons. Menz and Afar rams were castrated at 1.7 and 1.5 years old, respectively. Castrates were kept for longer period of time, on average for 1.9 years in Menz and 3.1 years in Afar. Appearance/conformation was the most important trait in choosing a breeding ram for both Menz and Afar sheep owners. Breeding ewes are chosen based on lambing interval and mothering ability in both crop-livestock and pastoral systems; and milk yield in pastoral system. Afar ewes produce mean daily milk yield of 224 ml. In Menz area sheep are kept for income, meat, manure, coarse wool and as means of saving, in that order. In Afar area, sheep are kept for milk, meat and income. Livestock improvement programs targeting smallholder farmers need to incorporate existing traditional herding and breeding practices, trait preferences and the multiple roles of sheep.en_US
dc.publisherAcademic Journalsen_US
dc.sourceAfrican Journal of Agricultural Research;5,(2010) Pagination 685,691en_US
dc.subjectafar sheepen_US
dc.subjectindigenous selection criteriaen_US
dc.subjectlow-input production systemsen_US
dc.titleHerd management and breeding practices of sheep owners in a mixed crop-livestock and a pastoral system of Ethiopiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idGetachew, Tesfaye: 0000-0002-0544-6314en_US
cg.creator.idHaile, Aynalem: 0000-0001-5914-0487en_US
cg.subject.agrovocmenz sheepen_US
cg.contributor.centerAmhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute, Debre Birhan Agricultural Research Center - ARARI-DBARCen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerIndian Council of Agricultural Research, Indian Veterinary Research Institute - ICAR - IVRIen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Natural Resources and LIfe Science - BOKUen_US
cg.contributor.funderAustrian Development Agency - ADAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
mel.impact-factor0.263 (2010)en_US

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