Senegal dairy genetics: Establishing a unique information resource on low-input dairy systems

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Poster prepared by Karen Marshall, Stanly Tebug, Jarmo Juga, Miika Tapio and Ayao Missohou, June 2014

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Senegal dairy genetics: Establishing a unique information resource on low-input dairy systems

  1. 1. www.mtt.fi/foodafrica Senegal Dairy Genetics: Establishing a unique information resource on low-input dairy systems 16 June 2014, Helsinki, Finland. FoodAfrica midterm seminar This poster is part of the FoodAfrica Programme, financed as a research collaboration between the MFA of Finland, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, IFPRI, ILRI, ICRAF, Bioversity International, University of Helsinki and HAMK University of Applied Sciences Data on the productivity and profitability of alternate breed-use in developoing country livestock production systems is scarce. The Senegal Dairy Genetics project is generating such data, resulting in a unique information resource. This information will aid the identification of appropriate livestock development interventions, contributing to reducing the livestock yield gap between developing and developed countries. Karen Marshall, Stanly Tebug, Jarmo Juga, Miika Tapio and Ayao Missohou  250 households with 3500 animals  800 animals with milk records  4 main breed groups  15 month monitoring period Data overview  Milk quantity and quality  Reproduction  Survival Productivity data  Benefits - income from milk and calf sale, home milk consumption, manure use  Costs - labour, health-care, feed, water, animal housing, marketing Economic data  Who pays costs or provides labour  Who receives benefits Gender data All animals are ear-tagged with a unique number Field staff visit each farmer monthly to collect data Milk measurements are taken from all lactating cows

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