The elusive quest for the perfect chicken
Africa / Animal Breeding / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Article / Capacity Strengthening / Chickens / Climate Change / Consumption / Disease Control / Environment / Ethiopia / Farming Systems / Indigenous Breeds / Knowledge and Information / Pro-Poor Livestock

The elusive quest for the perfect chicken

A team of researchers investigating chicken diseases in Ethiopia has discovered that there is far greater genetic diversity in that seemingly nondescript bird than meets the eye, a discovery that could help boost the productivity of small-scale chicken farms throughout Africa. The study was published in this month’s issue of Nature Sustainability by scientists from … Continue reading

In Tanzania, a better cow is the way to a better future
ADGG / Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Health / Animal Production / Article / Cattle / Dairying / Genetics / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Southern Africa / Tanzania

In Tanzania, a better cow is the way to a better future

Farmers who participate in the breeding programs and collect routine data on their cows’ health, growth and productivity receive personalized coaching and advice from livestock outreach specialists via routine visits and SMS messages on their phones. Continue reading

DNA sequencing of indigenous African cattle reveals vital clues to increasing productivity
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DNA sequencing of indigenous African cattle reveals vital clues to increasing productivity

Important sources of meat, milk, traction and manure across Africa, cattle will become even more significant as demand for meat and milk is expected to more than double in sub-Saharan Africa from 2000 to 2030. Continue reading

Vaccinating farm animals helps drive up disposable incomes
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Vaccinating farm animals helps drive up disposable incomes

East Coast fever causes annual losses estimated at more than USD300 million and more than one million cattle deaths. Recent research-for-development approaches have accelerated the uptake of the ITM vaccine and demonstrated how its use is driving increased incomes for small-scale livestock farmers in Kenya and Tanzania. Continue reading