Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Farmers’ production objectives and reproductive performance of indigenous sheep in north western highlands of Amhara Region, Ethiopia


Bamlaku Getie, Etemanchi Worku, Yibeltal Aynalem

Recieved Date: 2022-01-18, Accepted Date: 2022-03-27


Explanatory survey and different measurements were employed in the study on the farmers’ production objectives and the reproductive performance of indigenous sheep in north western highlands, Ethiopia. The results confirmed that farmers’ primary objectives were to reproduce sheep mainly for sales, input and meat supply for households with index values of 0.257, 0.238 and 0.211, respectively. Shrinking and decline in productivity of grazing lands, cultivation, settlement and protection of grazing lands and growth of human population were the main causes of feed shortage with an index value of 0.308, 0.265 and 0.157, respectively. The average ages of sexual maturity in male and female sheep were 11.14 ± 0.253 and 11.64 ± 0.26 months, respectively, and ranged from 5-24 months for both sexes. The ages of first parturitions of female sheep were 16.74 ± 0.249 months. Besides, the annual reproductive rate and litter size of the sheep were 1.41 ± 0.12 and 1.11± 0.023, respectively. Body weight and linear body measurements were positively correlated (r = 0.82, P < 0.01). Poor productive and reproductive performances of indigenous sheep breed were investigated


Feed shortage, reproductive rate, sexual maturity

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2022
Volume: 20
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 75-79

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