Animal Breeding

Genetics and Breeding

The Genetics & Breeding team whose overall objective is to develop and promote breeding strategies and interventions that sustainably improve animal productivity in emerging smallholder market-oriented livestock production systems. Currently, huge gaps exist between potential and realized productivity.

The development of decision support tools for characterizing production systems is key to our work as is the characterization of cattle, sheep, goat, pig and chicken breeds/populations in order to inform better use. We need to improve on the value chain focus for the livestock producer in our future work to ensure losses are minimized and farmers nutritional/economic needs are met.

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