FEAST Beef group presentation. By Dr. Solomon Mengistu Addisu Abera Solomon Abeyi Fantahun Dereje. Introduction . Name of Kebele : Godino Name of Woreda : Ada’a Country: Ethiopia Number of participants: 5 (males=4, females=1) Date: March 14, 2012
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Dr. Solomon Mengistu
Name of Kebele: Godino
Name of Woreda:Ada’a
Number of participants: 5 (males=4, females=1)
Date: March 14, 2012
Start time: 10:50 am Finishing time: 1:45 pm
Total time taken = 2:55hrs
There is shortage of labour due to seasonality of the work load
When is it most required? During October to January which is the main cropping season
Price of (daily-paid) labour : between 45 to 50 birr/ day
Labour is highly demanded & very expensive during the cropping season
Some Agricultural inputs: Credit & land are not readily available
Other Agricultural inputs : urea, plastic sheeting, irrigation equipment's are not readily available in the local market so farmers are forced to search for them at big towns
Types of Livestock raised in the area
Housing – separate housing, rarely in coral
Feeding of cattle (stall fed, tethered, open grazing) – open grazing dominant for local & stall feeding for cross breed lactating.
Feed processing (chopping, urea treatment, mixing etc.)- Combination of all.
The veterinary services are there but the service is not adequate in most of the cases it is difficult to get drugs; the prophylactic method is not applicable. More over, the cost of treating animals is unaffordable by farmers.
With regard to methods of livestock reproduction: AI & natural mating is being practiced.
However, the availability of AI – service is very problematic; also the rate of repeat services – 2 to 3 times per conception. Farmers are resort to cross bred bull services