Ethiopia / Animal Feeding / Feeds / Livestock / East Africa / Agriculture / ILRI / ASSP / Oromia

Changes in grazing land management and implications on livestock production in West Shoa Zone

Before year 2007/08, the system of wetland grazing management was communal in west shoa zone of Ethiopia, although there was loose control from individuals on their piece of grazing lands. Nowadays, private grazing land and hay preparation are becoming common in West shoa zone. “If a person is herding his animals in June in one place, you will find him/her in the same place in September” explains a community member in West Shoa zone; showing the high degree of private use of grazing lands and the disruption of the previous rotational system between wetland and upland areas.At the moment,the private grazing land (0.25 to 0.5 ha/household on average) is used for hay making and/or grazing. Furthermore, private grazing lands are larger in size than communal ones and the latter are diminishing over time.
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Agriculture / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Livestock / Oromia / Value Chains

LIVES supports creation of new dairy platform in Oromia

To address gaps in the dairy production in the region, the Oromia Livestock Development and Health Agency (OLDHA) in partnership with the LIVES project established the Oromia dairy platform, on 6 November 2014, which will create a dialog and policy forum for relevant stakeholders in the dairy sector. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Livestock / Research

More money, milk and meat: Mass artificial insemination for Ethiopian cattle

Ethiopia’s millions of cattle owners face challenges to increase the productivity of their animals. They often struggle to keep them healthy and well-fed. Managing the quality of the breed is one of the challenges that is getting better, thanks to improvements in the ways that artificial insemination (AI) services are provided. Continue reading

Amhara / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Uncategorized

Hawassa city celebrates World Milk Day for the first time

World Milk Day was celebrated in Hawassa city, the capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) in Ethiopia on 30 June 2014. Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet and World Milk Day is the perfect opportunity to spread word on the nutritional benefits of drinking milk. This was the first time the day was celebrated in Hawassa though in other parts of the world, the event has been observed for fourteen years. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Cattle / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / SNNPR / Value Chains

Cattle fattening in Gamogofa benefits from improved market linkages

Although Gamgofa zone is agro-ecologically very suitable for cattle fattening, smallholder cattle fatteners are not earning much from the sector. The beef value chain actors who attended livestock commodity platform meetings organized by Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project, prioritized the poorly developed cattle marketing system as the number one challenge in the zone. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / Irrigation / Livestock / Oromia / Value Chains

Maize stover: A potential green fodder in Ethiopia

Maize is a major food crop in the lowlands and mid-highlands of Ethiopia, but its stover is hardly utilized efficiently as animal feed, particularly in rain-fed maize production systems. Irrigated maize production offers an opportunity for fodder production which rain-fed maize farming does not. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Dairying / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / Livestock / Markets / Tigray

Dairying: A way out of poverty

Nurhussien Aligoshu’s first experience in dairying was in 2006 when a local organization offered him money to purchase a crossbred dairy cow. Nurhussien was able to expand his crossbred dairy herd from 1 to more than 15 cows in just 8 years. His daily milk sales fluctuate between 30 and 70 litres per day depending on demand. Over the same period, Nurhussien’s monthly income from the sale of milk grew from barely 500 Birr to 15,000 Birr. Continue reading