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Senegal Dairy Genetics:
Comparing traditional and new
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Senegal dairy genetics: Comparing traditional and new breeds of dairy animals

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Poster prepared by Karen Marshall, Stanly Tebug, Jarmo Juga, Miika Tapio and Ayao Missohou for the Workshop on Food and Nutrition Security in Africa, Helsinki, Finland, 16 June 2014

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Senegal dairy genetics: Comparing traditional and new breeds of dairy animals

  1. 1. www.mtt.fi/foodafrica Senegal Dairy Genetics: Comparing traditional and new breeds of dairy animals 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 Karen Marshall, Stanly Tebug, Jarmo Juga, Miika Tapio and Ayao Missohou The Senegal Dairy Genetics project is examining the trade-offs between costs and benefits of raising different breeds of cattle in low-input dairy production systems in Senegal. The Zebu Gobra is a traditional breed raised by Senegalese livestock keepers for centuries. It has low milk yield, but is well adapted to the harsh environmental conditions of Senegal . Use of the most appropriate breeds will result in more productive and profitable dairy enterprises, leading to improved food and nutrition security, enhanced livelihoods and environmental sustainability. Newly introduced breeds – such as the Holstein Friesian, Montbéliard and Guzerat - are crossed with the traditional Senegalese breeds. The crosses have better milk yields, but require additional inputs in terms of health-care, feeding and housing to survive and produce. Zebu Gobra cattle and their owner grinding millet which will be mixed with milk for the family meal Young crossbred dairy cattle receiving supplementary feed

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