Breed preference, selection criteria and production performance of dairy cattle in the selected smallholder dairy farms in Zimbabwe

This study identified breed preferences, production performance and selection criteria used in selecting dairy breeds in Zimbabwe. A questionnaire based survey was conducted on 109 smallholder dairy farmers in Zimbabwe and data were analyzed using SAS version 9.1.3. Crossbreds were preferred by farmers compared to pure indigenous and exotic dairy breeds. Milk yield and growth rate were the prefered selection criteria. There was no significant difference observed in the average milk yields/herd/ day in Guruve (8.98 ± 6.11), Marirangwe (9.54 ± 5.12) and Nharira-Lancashire (8.20 ± 5.13) smallholder schemes.
Cette étude a identifié les préférences de race, le rendement de production et les critères de sélection utilisés dans le choix des races laitières au Zimbabwe. Un questionnaire a été administré sur 109 fermiers de laiterie au Zimbabwe et les données ont été analysées en utilisant la version 9.1.3 de SAS. Des hybrides ont été préférés par des fermiers par rapport aux races indigènes pures et exotiques de leur laiterie. Le rendement en lait et le taux de croissance étaient les critères de sélection préférés. Il n’y avait aucune différence significative observée dans les rendements moyens en lait/troupeau/jour chez les petits exploitants de Guruve (8.98 ± 6.11), de Marirangwe (9.54 ± 5.12) et de Nharira-Lancashire (8.20 ± 5.13).
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Southern Africa
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