GIS / Humid Tropics / Interview / Opinion piece / Regions / Report / WLE

Small ruminants contribute to food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe

“In addition to providing high-quality food products (meat and milk), livestock is the most important source of on-farm income and insurance in the low-input farming systems of semi-arid southern Africa.” ILRI’s sister center the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a long term partner where crops and livestock intersect in southern … Continue reading

Books and chapters / Directorate / East Africa / Environment / Geodata / GIS / ILRI / Kenya / Launch / NRM / WLE

‘Virtual Kenya’ online access to maps will improve the country’s environment and development planning

Bruce Scott, director of Partnerships and Communications at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), was a main speaker at the launch of ‘Virtual Kenya’ at Nairobi’s iHub this week (photo credit: ILRI/Mungai). Spatial information—including where different populations live and where natural resources are located—is essential for sound development planning and decision-making. A new website launched … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Animal Production / Cattle / Dairying / Ethiopia / GIS / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / IPMS / Livestock

Breeding strategy to improve Ethiopian Boran cattle for meat and milk production

This working paper by Aynalem Haile, Workneh Ayalew, Noah Kebede, Tadelle Dessie, and Azage Tegegne on Breeding strategy to improve Ethiopian Boran cattle for meat and milk production was released on 3 February, 2011. This working paper  is prepared to develop breeding plans for the Ethiopian Boran cattle and is based on: 1) secondary data … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Animal Production / Geodata / GIS / Knowledge and Information / Livestock / South Africa / Southern Africa / Wildlife

South Africa: Satellite can help improve veld production estimates

Satellite images could soon be used in South Africa to quantify veld production, estimate livestock carrying capacity and help farmers plan fodder flow, reports Roelof Bezuidenhout. Read more … (Meat Trade News) Continue reading

Africa / Dairying / East Africa / GIS / Kenya / Livelihoods / Rwanda

New milk analyser excites dairy farmers

As demand for high quality and fear for contaminated milk increases, a new technology that could restore the fading confidence in the country’s dairy sector is under way, thanks to advancements in technology. The new milk sampling equipment takes a ‘network approach’ using advanced technology that connects the entire sampling processing system through general pocket … Continue reading

Australia / Geodata / GIS / Knowledge and Information / Livestock

GPS tracking set to revolutionise livestock management

A recent trial of global positioning system (GPS) tracking technology on Twynam Agriculture’s “Buttabone” property in Western NSW has shown that steers graze only a fraction of the paddock available to them. “Most graziers realise that their cattle don’t use the paddocks evenly,” said Dr Mark Trotter from the University of New England’s Precision Agriculture … Continue reading