Past experiences and next year plan of dairy synchronization in tigray
The Tigray Regional Governmental State Bureau of Agriculture Tigray Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)Past Experiences and Next Year Plan of Dairy Synchronization in TigrayAwetEstifanosAugust 24-25, 2011ILRI, Addis Ababa<br />8/24/2011<br />1<br />
Introduction -The pain or Jealousy?? <br />8/24/2011<br />2<br />The Indian milk<br />
Introduction Con’d<br /><ul><li>Milk is needed all over the world as a food and as a source of income.
The demand for milk and milk products is increasing from time to time in Ethiopia and world in general.
This high demand for milk is expected to continue for the future also as a result of increasing in human population and food diversification as milk is rich in different nutrients.</li></li></ul><li>Introduction Con’d<br /><ul><li>Although it shows some progress still the sector is lagged behind compared to its potential that can contribute to the country economy.
It is still possible to improve the reproductive performance of dairy herd using efficient heat detection,
So searching other technology that could solve the problem is mandatory</li></ul>8/24/2011<br />5<br />
Introduction Con’d<br />Reports indicated that Synchronization and timed AI in to the reproductive managements program increases estrus detection and enhance dairy development<br />Therefore, <br />The Objective was:<br /><ul><li>to study and improve efficiency of the technique using some hormonal administration to the right animal at the right time.
Match feed available season with cattle breeding so as Decrease calf mortality
Match the milk produced with time of high consumption (Escape fasting) </li></ul>8/24/2011<br />6<br />
Project Inception <br /><ul><li> The project is funded by federal government Rural Capacity Building Project (RCBP) under the Regional Agricultural Research Fund (RARF)
The project won the 250000birr from the regional competition on top of this the synchronizing hormone pg2α was also supplied from ILRI/IPMS for 200 cows and another more than 250 to be supplied soon with and some doses of sexed semen for the scaling up.</li></li></ul><li>Project Inception Con’d<br />8/24/2011<br />8<br />
Some additional from the 1st phase areas</li></ul>8/24/2011<br />10<br />
Steps <br />1. Observation and discussion <br /><ul><li> Tour to the woredas and discussion with woreda administration, WoARD and some farmers</li></ul>2. Animal Selection and Ear tagging<br /><ul><li>Physiologically and body conformation fit animals selected and tagged</li></ul>3. Hormone administration and insemination<br /><ul><li> pgf2α injection, inspection of heat and insemination</li></ul>4. Pregnancy Diagnosis<br /><ul><li> Successfully conceived animal were diagnosed for pregnancy at the end of the first trimester </li></ul>8/24/2011<br />11<br />
Selection Criteria<br /><ul><li>The Kebeles were selected based on:
dairy belt area of the region or vicinity to urban and per urban for milk market (Mekelle – Wukro- Adigrat)
Market opportunity in present and near feature
In Tigray effective synchronization is possible to carry out, starting in the end of July up to end of January considering this the first phase of this project were implement mid November up to mid of January</li></ul> Increased farmers interest shifted this scenario <br />8/24/2011<br />12<br />
Selection criteria Con’d<br />Own maturedcow <br />Ready to adopt technology<br />Can transfer the technology to others<br />Committed and energetically can work with the team especially in detecting when the animal is becoming in heat.<br />8/24/2011<br />13<br />Participant farmers with the team <br />
The Animals<br />8/24/2011<br />14<br /><ul><li>Breed:
Therefore, PG will only work to regress the CL from days 5 to 17 of the estrous cycle
PGF2∞ regress the CL and cause the animal to exhibit standing estrus 48 to 120 hours after injection</li></li></ul><li>Synchronized and inseminated animals<br /><ul><li>A total of 198 heifers were synchronized using PGF2∞ on December to January
Most of the animals that took two dose of semen were inseminated 48hr after the hormone
Current Endeavors<br />ILRI IPMS pre.docx<br />8/24/2011<br />20<br />
Opportunities<br />Strong technical and new technological back stopping from ILRI/IPMS<br /><ul><li> Training to Technicians, Hormone and sexed semen </li></ul>Committed and dedicated team <br /><ul><li> Efficient IA technicians (fromTARI, Wukro and Adigrat) </li></ul>Interested Farmers/ Woreda Administrators to adopt the technolgy<br /><ul><li>Adikisanded (KiliteAwlaelo) and GantaAfeshum
Smooth communication b/n TARI, BoARD and ILRI</li></ul>8/24/2011<br />21<br />
Opportunities cont’ed<br />Most cows showed pick heat at the 48th – 72nd hour after hormonal administration<br /><ul><li> the time was fixed from experience of first work at Adigrat</li></ul>8/24/2011<br />22<br />Mucus Discharge<br />
Limitation<br /><ul><li>Initially difficulty to adopt and lack of patience of farmers
Luck of Integration b/n the regional team and technical team at the beginning
Poor communication and late reporting from the technical team </li></ul>23<br />
Limitation-cont’d<br /><ul><li>Few farmers did not know the reproductive history of their cows
6 pregnant cows abort due to the hormone treatment.
Out of the total synchronized animals 15 were off after hormonal injection
One heifer was immature and two heifers with a reproductive problem</li></li></ul><li>Limitation-cont’ed<br />Weak or absence of handling facility in some areas <br />E.g. Metseko,Gemad of KiliteAwelaelo<br />Live Eucalyptus trees were used<br /><ul><li>Slow or total failure to purchase equipments
Farmers are inpatient to keep their animals longer than 20 days after selection
60 animals were selected for sexed semen </li></ul>8/24/2011<br />25<br />
Current Endeavors<br />Pregnancy has already diagnosed for the demonstrated cows and heifers in the Eastern Zone of Tigray<br />So far 228 heifers and cows selected as scaling up of the technology from T/maichew, Aksum , Adwa, and additional cows from Wukro and Adigrat<br />8/24/2011<br />26<br />
Current Endeavors-Cont’ed<br />Cross centers collaboration<br />Women participation in TahtayMaichew<br />With a relatively good handling facility<br />8/24/2011<br />27<br />