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Performance and limitation of two dairy production systems in the North western Ethiopian highlands.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19083118     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In order to characterise the dairy production systems as well as the productive and reproductive performance of dairy cows in the study area, a total of 256 and 54 dairy farms were used for survey and monitoring data collection, respectively. Based on breed, land size, feed and market accessibility, two major dairy production systems were identified: a rather specialized, urban, and a peri-urban dairy production system. Urban farmers owned larger herds but farmed less land, and sold a greater proportion of liquid milk than peri-urban farmers, who processed more milk. Purchased feed played a more important role for the feed supply of urban than peri-urban farms. Significant breed effects were found for productive and reproductive performance traits. It is concluded that improved breeding and health management, genetic improvement of local breeds and supplementation of poor quality feed resources are the key factors for enhancing productivity of dairy cows and thereby increasing family income from milk production.
Yitaye Alemayehu Ayenew; Maria Wurzinger; Azage Tegegne; Werner Zollitsch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-12-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical animal health and production     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1573-7438     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop Anim Health Prod     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-09-28     Completed Date:  2010-02-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1277355     Medline TA:  Trop Anim Health Prod     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1143-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Division of Livestock Sciences, BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, A-1180, Vienna, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Breeding / methods*
Cattle / genetics,  physiology*
Dairying / methods*,  statistics & numerical data*
Linear Models
Milk / statistics & numerical data
Reproduction / physiology
Tropical Climate

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