International Journal of
Livestock Production

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

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Skills Required by Agricultural Education Graduates in Grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus) Farming for Self-Employment in Kaduna State, Nigeria

The acquisition of skills in grasscutter farming will give rise to graduates who are self-reliant as unemployment will be reduced and there will be increase in the production of bush meat to meet the consumption demand in Kaduna state, hence this identified skills required by agricultural education graduates in grasscutter farming for self employment in Kaduna State. The study was guided by three objectives. Three research...

Author(s):Amonjenu Anthony

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Phenotypic Characterization of Dorper, Local sheep and their Crossbred Sheep Population in Eastern Amhara, Ethiopia

The study was conducted at Sirinka Agriculture Research Center to phenotypically characterize local, pure Dorper and their F1 crossbred sheep populations. The animals were grouped into three age groups based on 0 pair of permanent incisor (0PPI), 1 pair of permanent incisors (1PPI) and 2 and above pairs of permanent incisors (≥2PPI). A total of 17 linear measurements, body weight and scrotal circumference for males were...

Author(s):Jemal Mohammed

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Local sheep and goat reproductive performance managed under farmer condition in southern

Sheep and goats represent an important component of the farming system by providing about 12% of the value of livestock products consumed and 48% of the cash income generated at the farm level. Although diverse sheep and goats resources are found in Ethiopia, their productivity is low; the sector has not received a great deal of attention from scientists, administrators and legislators. Strategic recording and...

Author(s):Taju Hussein

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Assessment on consumption and marketing system of chickens in Gena Bossa district, South Ethiopia

This study was conducted in Gena Bossa district on assessment of consumption and marketing of chickens with the objectives of assessing chicken meat and egg consumption and marketing system of chickens. Random sampling method was used to select 138 households for interview. About 40.6% of chickens were owned by wife and the rest of flocks were owned by husband, boys and girls. Almost all of the farm activities were...

Author(s):Milkias Matawork

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Beef edible red offal condemnations in Kgatleng Slaughter Facilities, South eastern Botswana in a wet and dry season period

The study aimed to determine major pathological conditions across two seasons, leading to condemnations of beef edible red offals in Kgatleng District slaughter facilities, south eastern Botswana. Beef edible offals are highly valued in different communities of Botswana. Post-mortem veterinary data from the district’s slaughter facilities was evaluated for dry/winter (May 2015 to August 2015) and wet/summer (December 2015...

Author(s):Mareko Molebeledi Horatius Dambe

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Current Status of Animal Biotechnology and Option for Improvement of Animal Reproductive in Asia

The aim of this review paper was to investigate the use of biotechnology in the improvement of animal Reproduction in different Asian Countries. Biotechnologies have contributed immensely to increasing livestock reproductively, particularly in developed countries, and can help to alleviate poverty and hunger, reduce the threats of diseases and ensure environmental sustainability in developing countries. A wide range of...

Author(s):Nigatu Yadeta

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Phenotypic Characterization of the West African Dwarf Goats and the Production in Liberia

Data on characterization of animal genetic resources are valuable in the development of breeding and conservation schemes to ensure their sustainable use. A survey was conducted to collect baseline data on the phenotypic characteristics, production system, trait preferences and challenges faced by goat farmers in Liberia. The survey was carried out in the 15 counties of Liberia and covered 1312 animals in their production...

Author(s):Arthur Bob Karnuah

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Poultry manure as a protein supplement in Indigenous goat production

The abundance of poultry litter in most farms in the sub-Saharan Africa is becoming an environmental problem. The objective of this study was to evaluate the proximate value, digestibility of poultry manure and its subsequent effect on growth, pH, and volatile fatty acid production in indigenous goats. Eighteen goats were randomly allocated to two treatment diets of T1; grazing veld grass plus adlibitum browsing of...

Author(s):Washaya Soul

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Effects of dietary supplementation with high levels of marula (Sclerocarya birrea) seed cake with or without graded levels of DL-methionine and phytase enzyme on performance and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens at finisher phase

This study investigated effects of dietary supplementation with graded levels of DL-methionine and phytase enzyme on performance and carcass characteristics of broilers fed diets containing high levels of marula (Sclerocarya birrea A. Rich.) seed cake (MSC), an alternative locally available feedstuff. Two hundred and seventy 28-day-old broilers were ad libitum fed treatment diets in a 3 x 3 factorial design involving 2...

Author(s):Mziwenkosi Nhlanhla MTHIYANE

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Assessment Study on Livestock Feed Resources, Feed Availability and Production Constraints in Maale Woreda in South Omo, South Western, Ethiopia.

The study was carried out in Maale Woreda aimed to assess feed resource, feed resource availability and feed production constraints. Six kebeles from Woreda were selected and focus group discussions and key informants had employed to enrich the primary data on feed resources, feed resource availability, feed conservation practices and feed resources utilization and major livestock feed production constraints. The study...

Author(s):Denbela Hidosa

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Livestock Production System Characterization in Arsi Zone, Ethiopia

Despite its vital role in the country’s economic activities, livestock sector was considered as poor investment for development in Ethiopia. But currently, it is being given due attention in government policy planning specially during the last two growth and transformation plan. Arsi zone is known for its own breed known as “Arsi breed” (one of the six local breeds of the country) and has huge livestock population....

Author(s):Tamrat Gebiso Challa

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Assesment of quality and marketing of hide and skin in Adamitulu Jidokombolcha and Bora Woreda, in east Shewa zone of Oromia regional state, Ethiopia

Hide and Skins are important economic products contributing for the largest share to the total and agricultural export commodities followed by live animals in Ethiopia. Hide and skin sector in Ethiopia is constrained by various production, marketing, and quality problems, as well as financial constraints. Hide and skins are known to have varying physical and chemical properties and thus used for different purposes. Basic...

Author(s):Alemnesh Belete, Getachew Terefe, Tariku Jibat

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The study was conducted with the objectives of assessing the current camel milk production, determining the prevalence, major bacterial pathogens and associated risk factor of camel mastitis. for this study 100 households and 384 camels were selected randomly. questionnaire survey was administered to camel holder households to collect data on management practices, knowledge of camel mastitis, treatment attempts and...

Author(s):Gebreyohanes Muler

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Analysis of Factors influencing Profitability of Rabbit Farming in Kenya

The study aimed at assessing factors influencing the profitability of rabbit farming in Nakuru, Kiambu and Nyeri Counties of Kenya. Structured questionnaires were used to obtain information from 459 farmers from the three counties. Two-stage least squares (2SLS) regression model and descriptives were used to analyze data. Comparison of means showed that the mean difference between rabbit and non-rabbit keepers for age,...

Author(s):Chrispinus Mutsami, John Irungu Mburu and Margaret M. Wanyoike

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Aflatoxigenic fungi in Nigerian poultry feeds: effects on broiler performance and the public health importance

Aflatoxigenic fungi common to poultry feeds in Nigerian feed mills were investigated and their effects on broiler production were determined. Sixty 2 weeks old Abor acre broilers were randomly divided into 5 treatment groups. Each treatment group had 3 replicates of 4 birds each. Birds in each replicate were housed in separate pens of 1x1m2 size. The birds were fed feeds (3-6 months old) from 5 companies, A2-E2. Feed...

Author(s):Mgbeahuruike Anthony Christian

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Evaluating Effects of Sources of Dietary Protein Supplemented to oat-vetch hay mixture on milk yield and milk composition

The experiment was conducted in Debre Zeit Agricultural Research Center with the objective of evaluating the effects of sources of dietary protein supplemented to oat-vetch mixture hay on milk yield, milk composition and profitability in lactating crossbred dairy cows. Four high grade cross bred (holstein friesian * boran) dairy cows with similar lactation stage (mid lactation) and parity were used. The experimental diets...


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Marketing of major milk products in and around Debre Berhan Town, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

The study was conducted to study marketing system in urban and peri urban area of Debre Berhan town. Formal survey was used to collect data from six kebeles, which were selected from urban and peri urban area of Debre Berhan. A total of 180 households (60 from urban and 120 from peri urban) were selected based on ownership of dairy cow and willingness to participate in the study. The major milk customers reportedly...

Author(s):Abebe Bereda

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Production performance evaluation of Potchefstroom koekoek chicken under farmer management practice in Tigray, northern Ethiopia

The objective of the study was to introduce and evaluate production performance of Koekoek chicken under smallholder farmers’ management practice and enhance their household income. This on farm experiment was conducted in eastern and south eastern zone of Tigray region. Data on live weight, egg weight, egg color, sexual maturity, hatchability, adaptability and the overall farmers’ perception on the breed were collected by...

Author(s): Hagos Mehari Kebede

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Effect of Supplementing Tsara (Pterocarpus lucens), Pigeon pea (Cajanes Cajan) Leaves and Concentrate Mixture on Carcass Characteristics of Begait Sheep Fed Hay as a Basal Diet

The study was conducted with the objective of determining the carcass characteristics of Begait sheep fed hay basal diet and supplemented with different levels of Tsara (Pterocarpus lucens) leaves, Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) leaves and concentrate mixture on iso-nitrogenous basis to supply 66.60 g/day crude protein (CP) on dry matter (DM) basis. Twenty five yearling male Begait sheep with initial body weight (BW) of 24.2±...

Author(s):Abraham Teklehaymanot Haftu

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Linear Body Measurements and Growth Performance Characteristics of Female Rabbits fed Cocoa Bean Shell Meal - based Diets

The Linear Body Measurements (LBMs) and Growth Performance Characteristics of Fourty (40) cross bred (New Zealand White X Chinchilla X Californian breeds) female rabbits weighing between 800.00 and 847.00g were determined in this study, which lasted Sixty (60) days. After weight equalization, eight (8) rabbits per treatment were randomly divided into five dietary treatments designated as T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 containing...


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Characterization of pork marketing and challenges in Ethiopia

This study was conducted to characterize pork and pork products marketing and challenges in Ethiopia. Multi-stage random sampling procedure was applied to select a total of 40 pork retailers from six towns. Structured questionnaire was used for face to face interview to collect information. Pork retailers were clustered into three categories as small, medium and large scale based on quantities of pork they sell per day....

Author(s):ZEMELAK SAHLE GORAGA, Ermias Tsadik, Tewodros Fikadu, Gustavo Lima

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Establishing for the first time high-density protein banks for livestock feeding in Burkina Baso (West Africa): overall agronomic performance under contrasting edaphoclimatic conditions

This study aimed to evaluate, for the first time, the establishment of high-density protein banks (PBs) for livestock feeding in West Africa (Burkina Faso). During seven consecutive months of the first year of establishment (from June to January), we monitored the agronomic performance of two widely recognised woody fodder species (i.e. one leguminous: leucaena, Leucaena leucocephala; and one non-leguminous: mulberry,...

Author(s):González-García Eliel

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A cross-sectional study was conducted from November 2013 to March 2014 with the purpose of determining the prevalence, identification species of lung worm circulating in the area and assessing the economic importance of lungworm infection in sheep originated from Dessie and Kombolcha districts. Coproscopic examination was conducted on 477 sheep kept under extensive and semi- intensive management systems. Of these examined...

Author(s):Dubie Teshager

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Assessment of factors affecting adoption of exotic chicken breed production in North western zone of Tigray, Ethiopia

Poultry are widespread and almost every rural family owns chicken in Ethiopia, which is important for food security, religious reasons and poverty alleviation. However, due to poor adoption of improved technologies and other related problems the production and productivity of the poultry remains low in the country. Hence, to improve the productivity of the poultry to increase the income of farmers’, adoption of exotic...


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Productive and Reproductive Performance of Indigenous Chickens in Ethiopia Matawork Milkias

This study reviews the productive and reproductive performance of indigenous chickens in Ethiopia with the aim of delivering summarized and synthesized information for the beneficiaries and producers. Chicken production encompasses into traditional scavenging, small and large-scale market orientated systems based on the objective of the producer, the type of inputs used and the number and types of chickens kept. In...

Author(s):Milkias MATAWORK

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High prevalence of ectoparasite of poultry in Nsukka Municipality, Enugu State, Nigeria

Diseases in poultry remain a major source of concern to farmers and the general public. Ectoparasites infestations in birds compromise their health, growth and productivity. In addition to serving as vectors of viral and bacterial infection, high intensity of infestation may cause mortality in birds. This study which was carried out from July to September 2014 and examined a total of 93 domestic birds (52 fowls, Gallus...

Author(s):Ekeh F. N., Odo G. E., Ekechukwu N. E., Agwu E. J., Ezea O. C.

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Digestibility and growth performance of Dorper×Afar F1 sheep fed Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana) hay supplemented with alfalfa (Medicago sativa), Lablab (Lablab purpures), Leucaena leucocephala and concentrate mixture

A study was conducted to determine effect of supplementation with isonitrogenous level of concentrate mixture (CM; 33% noug seed cake (NSC) and 67% wheat bran (WB)), alfalfa, lablab, and Leucaena leucocephala (LL) on feed intake, digestibility, daily body weight gain (ADG) and net return of sheep kept on Rhodes grass hay (RGH) basal diet. Twenty four yearling male Dorper×Afar F1 crossbred sheep were used in completely...

Author(s):Worknesh Seid, Getachew Animut

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Review on milk and milk product safety, quality assurance and control

Food safety and quality are critical issues that should be given more attention all over the world mainly from nutritional quality and human health point of view. Food safety is a scientific field of study which deals with handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illness. Food safety system is often categorized into two, namely traditional and science-based systems. Food can be used as a...

Author(s):Merwan Ahmedsham, Nezif Amza, Metekia Tamiru

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Challenges of supplying turkey meat to consumer market in Osun State, Nigeria

Rearing of turkeys in Nigeria is of immense economic importance in many respects. Turkey production in Nigeria has largely remained at the smallholder level and the supply of the meat has tended to be seasonal due to high cost of production and inadequate skill of the producers. However, in recent times, there has been a steady increase in the demand for turkey meat throughout the year as a result of increasing population,...

Author(s):Adeyemo A. A., Yusuf A., Iyanda A. A.

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Geographic information system based land suitability modeling for camel production in Dubti and Mile District, Afar National Regional State, Northeast Ethiopia

Technical evaluation of land suitability by using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies play an indispensable role to reduce the difficulties of livestock production. The general objective of this study was to evaluate the suitability of land for camel production with the help of GIS and remote sensing techniques in Dubti and Mile District of Afar National Regional State; and producing land...

Author(s):Bewketu Mamaru Mengstie, Gebrie Tsegaye Mersha

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Effects of Anise seeds (Pimpinella anisum L) and active dry yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) supplements as feed additives on performance of lactating Egyptian buffaloes

This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of supplementing Anise seeds (AS) and active dry yeast (Y) in Egyptian buffaloes diets on milk yield, milk composition and some blood parameters. Twelve multiparous pregnant buffaloes in third and fourth lactation, weighing in average 465±2.5 kg and at 6 weeks before parturition were divided randomly into four equal groups. Control group (T1) fed concentrate feed mixture,...

Author(s):Sallam M. T., Abd-Allah M., Tawfik M. H.

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Role of dairy goat keeping towards improvement of rural livelihoods in Kitui central sub county of Kitui County, Kenya

A survey was carried out in Kitui Central Sub County to assess the role played by dairy goat keeping towards improvement of rural livelihoods. Household interviews were conducted on 90 households selected from two AEZ within the survey area. The data collected was on household characteristics, social and economic activities of the household keeping dairy goats. Sixty two percent of the households had less than five family...

Author(s):Stephen M. Musyoka, Titus I. Kanui, Simon Nguluu

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Growth performance and haematological indices of broiler starter chicken fed diets containing graded level of Tithonia diversifolia leaf protein concentrate

Growth performance of 150 broiler chicks Arbor Acre breed were evaluated for four weeks of their starter phase when fed diets, in which Tithonia diversifolia leaf protein concentrate (TDLPC) replaced soybean meal at graded levels of 0% (T1), 5% (T2), 10% (T3), 15% (T4) and 20% (T5). The average daily feed intake (ADFI), average daily weight gain (ADWG), feed conversion ratio (FCR) and protein efficiency ratio (PER) were...

Author(s):Oluwasola T. A., Dairo F. A. S.

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Poultry litter supplementation for effective cattle fattening in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

Feed shortage in the dry season and even in the wet season is a major constraint to animal production in Ethiopia. Feed resources that mainly contribute to the animals are crop residues and natural pastures. Crop residues are noted for their poor feeding value in terms of protein and energy contents besides their low digestibility. Broiler litter has been used as a fertilizer in the region, even if it has greatest...

Author(s):Embaye Kidanu Kindeya, Mehari Kebede, Gebreslassie Gebru

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