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Oestrous synchronization of dairy cattle takes off in Amhara region

Farmers bringing their cows for estrous synchronization Two years ago, hormone assisted estrus synchronization and mass artificial insemination of dairy cattle was a new technology for farmers and experts of Mecha district, Amhara region.

Back then, farmers had little knowledge about this technology; some even brought sterile animals for estrus.

Last week (beginning of November), a similar campaign was organized in the same district. More than a thousand cows were brought by local farmers to the temporary synchronization site. Now, the farmer’s interest for this technology  regardless of gender and age was observed to be incredible.

AI technicians from the livestock agency of the districts and region tested 934 cows  on the first day alone.

To appreciate this work, the district administration office awarded a certificate of appreciation to the LIVES project and to Azage Tegegne for introducing and demonstrating this useful technology in the district.

In the meantime, the Amhara region livestock development and promotion agency is scaling this estrus synchronization technology.

(Contributed by LIVES regional team, Amhara)

4 thoughts on “Oestrous synchronization of dairy cattle takes off in Amhara region

  1. Estrus synchronization has launched for first time here in Southern Regional State, Dale woreda with ILRI, IPMS, SARI (Hawassa Agricultural Research Center) and Dale district Agricultural Office. Then the regional bureau with close follow up of SARI, scale up the new practices to all parts of the region, focusing more on central, densely populated areas. The entry point is not as such difficult as that of Mecha district of Amhara region. But my worry, is the early impacts of this massive synchronization program has not been evaluated yet.

  2. Dear Genene – Thank you for your comments. This work started with IPMS/LIVES project in collaboration with the Regional Agricultural Research Institutes (RARIs). Data have been collected on the activities and are available in the RARIs. Although the work focuses on solving the problem of shortage of dairy type animals, it is about dairy value chain development and is long term. Please check with Ato Asrat Tera, Director of Livestock Research at SARI who spearheaded the work in the SNNPR in collaboration with IPMS/LIVES. Hope this explains.

    • Dear Dr. Azage
      Thank you very much for your unreserved effort in bringing estrus synchronization into practice even at a level of the smallholders. You may recall that here at around Debre Markos town, East Gojjam Zone, massive synchronization was practiced a year before. However, some farmers are arguing that the result is not at a level of their expectation. Even some are complaining that the practice has resulted in abnormal behaviour on their cows. Do you think that the practice is well evaluated for its effectiveness?

      Best regards,

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