Production parameters of ruminants in sub-Saharan Africa

The production parameters include:

  • mortality risk, defined as the probability of an animal dying during a specified time period (six months for lambs and kids, and one year for other classes of small ruminants and cattle);
  • age at first parturition, expressed in months;
  • parturition rate, defined as the number of parturitions per female per year;
  • prolificacy, defined as the number of live offspring per parturition;
  • milk offtake per lactation, defined as the milk used for human consumption (i.e. excluding that consumed by the calf/kid/lamb);
  • offtake rate, defined as the proportion of animals sold or consumed in a year; and
  • mean live weight of breeder females and males (uncastrated adult males used for breeding).

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Last Updated April 24, 2020, 10:23 (UTC)
Created April 24, 2020, 05:49 (UTC)