Animal Breeding / Asia / ASSP / Breeds / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pakistan / Small Ruminants / South Asia

Increasing goat productivity through improved breeding bucks in Bahawalpur, Pakistan

In Pakistan, most farmers have mixed goat breeds without clear breeding objectives; thus the expected genetic improvements are rather arbitrary. The AIP-Livestock project provided two pure Beetal (Makhi-Cheeni) bucks to the local community at Chak 93DB to improve productivity and income from goat production. Five farmers’ goat flocks were involved in this breeding exercise. The … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop-Livestock / Forages / Goats / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livestock / Nigeria / Small Ruminants / West Africa

Simulation of small ruminant system productivity in the humid tropics of southwestern Nigeria

Evaluation of lifetime productivity of an individual animal in response to target interventions for improving the
productivity of smallholder livestock systems in the humid tropics of West Africa is critical. It allows assessing longterm investment opportunities for farmers and options to minimize risk. To gain better understanding of the interventions for improvement of small ruminant production in southwest Nigeria, a dynamic modeling approach was used to explore the effect of feeding strategies on the lifetime productivity of the West African Dwarf (WAD) goats. Continue reading