Animal health research to improve small ruminant productivity in Ethiopia
Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Animal health research to improve small ruminant productivity in Ethiopia

Capacity development interventions for animal health workers can improve health of livestock, according to a poster developed by veterinarian Barbara Wieland at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Wieland details a number of interventions, that if implemented, will help improve small ruminant productivity whilst increasing income and facilitating the lives of smallholders. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / DRYLANDSCRP / Ethiopia / Genetics / Goats / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants

Ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis as low-tech tool to enhance small ruminant production

Productivity and profitability of meat and milk production from small ruminants are geared by reproductive performance. Females that fail to reproduce are only negatively impacting the environment. A major setback here is infertility but other reproductive-related problems are also important. A whole generation of easy-use, high resolution, portable ultrasound machines is now available to provide different levels of information which will translate into concrete management strategies. Continue reading

Agri-Health / Animal Health / Article / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Mange-mite infestation in small ruminants in Ethiopia: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Mange-mites are economically important ectoparasites of sheep and goats responsible for rejection or downgrading of skins in tanneries or leather industries in Ethiopia.The objective of this systematic review was to compute the pooled prevalence estimate and identify factors influencing mange-mite prevalence in sheep and goats at national level based on the available research evidence. Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASF / ASSP / CGIAR / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Uganda

Healthy animals, healthy households – Gender, diseases and improved rural livelihoods

In 2015, ILRI scientists leading small ruminant and pig health projects in Ethiopia and Uganda took a special interest in the (human) gender dimensions of their projects. Working with the Livestock and Fish Gender Initiative, veterinarians Barbara Wieland and Michel Dione carried out further gender analysis in their projects to discover ways this could improve the design and delivery of animal health gains to the communities they work with.

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Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Improved small ruminant value chains in Ethiopia focus of new Livestock and Fish project

In April this year, the International Fund for Agricultural Development agreed to co-finance a three year project to improve the performance of pro-poor sheep and goat value chains for enhanced livelihoods, food and nutrition security in Ethiopia. The project is led by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) with contributions from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / Goats / ICARDA / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Improved reproductive techniques enable effective use of superior rams in Ethiopia’s community-based sheep breeding programs

Genetic improvement of small ruminants has been identified as a “best bet” in Ethiopia’s highland areas. As part of the Livestock and Fish small ruminant value chain development activities in Ethiopias, community-based breeding programs established through an earlier project (located in Horro, Menz, Bonga and Abergelle) were strengthened and new ones were established in Atsbi and Doyogena. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / Goats / ICARDA / ILRI / LiveGene / Livestock / Markets / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Sheep and goat research in Ethiopia: PhD and MSc theses supported by Livestock and Fish program

The Livestock and Fish program combines a focus on value chain development in a few target countries with ‘technology’ research on animal feeding, genetics and health. In Ethiopia, this has led to support for academic research grounded in the value chain needs identified in recent years. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Feeds / Goats / ICARDA / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Integrating improved feeding practices to enhance reproductive and fattening performance in community-based sheep breeding programs in Ethiopia

ICARDA recently invited livestock breeders, livestock nutritionists and socio-economists from partner research centers in Ethiopia to a consultative workshop to discuss the possibilities of modifying existing feeding strategies in sheep flocks in the context of the ongoing Community-Based Sheep Breeding Program in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ICARDA / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Update on Ethiopia small ruminant value chain development program

On 13 and 14 June, partners in the Ethiopia sheep and goats value chain development projects met to develop a strategy and implementation plan for the coming years. Barbara Rischkowsky, ICARDA value chain leader gave an update of progress so far in the value chain development program. Continue reading