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 Products / Dairying / East Africa / Kenya / Markets

Why do dairy farmers ‘hawk’ milk through informal channels?

In Kenya, low prices offered by the formal milk marketing channels are forcing farmers countrywide to seek alternatives to get better deals. Milk hawkers have continued to thrive even as restrictions are put on their way as concerns heighten over hygiene standards. Every morning more than 40,000 milk hawkers are out on their bicycles, motorcycles … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / CCAFS / Climate Change / Dairying / Environment / Food Security / ILRI / Latin America / Livestock

Tropical farming the climate-friendly way

Changing tropical farming methods could cut emissions of methane and carbon dioxide by up to 417 Mt of carbon dioxide-equivalent by 2030, around 12% of livestock-related worldwide emissions of the greenhouse gases. That’s according to a team from Copenhagen and Kenya, who believe that the most likely levels of emissions cuts could be worth $1.3 … 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

Animal Feeding / Animal Products / Asia / Dairying / Fodder / Livestock / Markets / South Asia

What price Indian milk? Fodder markets in India

First pulses, now milk. The common household is compelled to give up on its easy sources of protein. In this issue of ‘Down to Earth’, Ravleen Kaur found that rise in fodder prices, not rise in demand, is pushing up the cost of milk in India. Why is the fodder so expensive? According to Kaul: … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / Animal Products / Cattle / Dairying / Ethiopia / ILRI / IPMS / Livestock Systems / Markets

Cattle milk and meat production and marketing systems and opportunities for market-orientation in Fogera woreda, Amhara region, Ethiopia

This working paper by Belete Anteneh, Azage Tegegne, Fekadu Beyene and Berhanu Gebremedhin on Cattle milk and meat production and marketing systems and opportunities for market-orientation in Fogera woreda, Amhara region, Ethiopia was released on 26 May, 2010 This study was conducted in Fogera woreda, South Gondar Zone of the Amhara National Regional State in … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Animal Products / Dairying / East Africa / Fodder / Kenya / Livestock

Fodder shrubs deliver dairy success in Kenya

In this pictorial essay, 10 farmers in Kenya explain how fodder shrubs have increased their incomes and enabled them to diversify their livelihoods. In addition to better earnings and increased milk production, fodder shrubs have helped to increase the confidence and status of women. Read more … (New Agriculturist) Continue reading

Africa / Animal Products / Dairying / Mozambique / Southern Africa

Milk improves orphans’ nutrition in Mozambique

Land O’ Lakes reports how the Maforga Christian Mission in Mozambique has improve the nutritional intake of the orphans through a dairy demonstration project. As of December 2009, the Mission’s lactating cows were producing more than 50 liters of fresh milk per day. From August to December, total production reached 5,076 liters of milk. This … Continue reading