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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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Feast beef group presentation

FEAST Beef group presentation


Dr. Solomon Mengistu


Solomon Abeyi



Name of Kebele: Godino

Name of Woreda:Ada’a

Country: Ethiopia

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

Description of the farming system
Description of the farming system

  • The average farm size = 2ha or 8 kert; [1ha= 4 kert]

  • The typical (or average) household size? 5 persons

  • The rainfall pattern vary over a years 0-5, where 5 = heavy rainfall levels and 0=no rainfall)?

    • Heavy RF = July and August

    • Medium RF = June and September

    • Small RF = April, May and October

    • No RF = November through March

  • There are two cropping seasons

    • Kiremet: June - July, August & September

    • Bega: October - May

  • Most of the area is suitable for irrigation

  • About 65% of the HH are using irrigation

Availability of labour
Availability of labour

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

Management of livestock
Management of livestock

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