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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ILRI research report: Livestock ownership, commercial off-take rates and their determinants in Ethiopia


In a 2008 ILRI research report, Livestock ownership, commercial off-take rates and their determinants in Ethiopia, Asfaw Negassa and Mohammad Jabbar document the results of a study carried out to assess the commercial off-take rates for cattle and shoats in the highland and pastoral areas of Ethiopia.

The study found very low commercial off-take rates for cattle and shoats among Ethiopian smallholder farmers and pastoralists.

Furthermore, a large proportion of the few animals sold are of such age and body conditions that many of them are unlikely to meet the needs of meat export abattoirs.

The low commercial off-take rates and limited market participation are likely due to small herd and flock sizes, low fertility and high mortality rates, and poor nutrition.

Citation
Negassa A and Jabbar M. 2008. Livestock ownership, commercial off-take rates and their determinants in Ethiopia. ILRI Research Report 9. ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute), Nairobi, Kenya. 52pp.

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