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Scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are among experts discussing livestock genetics at the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 17-22, 2014. Fidalis Denis Mujibi, discusses the Use of high density SNP genotypes to determine the breed composition of cross bred dairy cattle in smallholder … Continue reading

Sustainable Livestock Digest, Aug/2014

IBLI Borena Household Survey Data is publicly available. For more details, visit ILRI Datasets Portal: link to round 1 data link to round 2 data Continue reading

IBLI, Aug/2014

            Claims Settlement Award General Insurance Award Entry Continue reading

IBLI, Aug/2014

Recognising that complex challenges within livestock science require an interdisciplinary approach, Iain Wright describes the importance of investing in ‘upstream’ and applied research to increase food security and reduce poverty. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Aug/2014

The Central America team of the CGIAR Research Program Livestock and Fish started this year with the launch of the project “Competitive beef and dairy through sustainable intensification and specialized market access in Nicaragua,” with the objective of improving the competitiveness and income of small and medium cattle farmers in Nicaragua through the implementation of good farm management practices and the creation and strengthening of sustainable beef and dairy value chains. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Jul/2014

Maize is a major food crop in the lowlands and mid-highlands of Ethiopia, but its stover is hardly utilized efficiently as animal feed, particularly in rain-fed maize production systems. Irrigated maize production offers an opportunity for fodder production which rain-fed maize farming does not. Continue reading

LIVES, Jul/2014

Nurhussien Aligoshu's first experience in dairying was in 2006 when a local organization offered him money to purchase a crossbred dairy cow. Nurhussien was able to expand his crossbred dairy herd from 1 to more than 15 cows in just 8 years. His daily milk sales fluctuate between 30 and 70 litres per day depending on demand. Over the same period, Nurhussien’s monthly income from the sale of milk grew from barely 500 Birr to 15,000 Birr. Continue reading

LIVES, Jul/2014

Oestrous Synchronization and Mass Artificial Insemination (OSMAI) in cattle has now been fully taken-up by Regional Livestock Resource Development and Promotion Agency and its zonal and district offices in Ethiopia. The current support of LIVES project on OSMAI in cattle is limited to generating scientific evidence that can help fine-tune the approach and efficiency of the technology under different framing conditions. The project is also focusing on genetic improvement of sheep through hormone assisted estrus synchronization. The first round of OSMAI on sheep was undertaken at Debre Birhan Sheep breeding and Multiplication center. Continue reading

LIVES, Jul/2014

Ruminant livestock are raised across large parts of Africa where environmental conditions allow. Cattle, sheep, and goats are the most widespread, while camels are restricted to drier areas, particularly in the Horn of Africa and the arid parts of western Africa. These maps of ruminant dis­tribution should, however, be used in conjunction with the livestock production systems map to better under­stand the systems and climate zones where ruminant live­stock are found. The role of livestock varies greatly depending on the production system. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jul/2014

This week (15 Jul 2014), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) organized a discussion at CTA's Fin4Ag Conference in Nairobi on 'Testing innovations in livestock and dairy value chain finance: Insights from East and Southern Africa'. The discussion was moderated by Jo Cadilhon, a senior agro-economist in ILRI's Policy, Trade and Value Chains Program who is based at the institute's Nairobi headquarters. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jul/2014


Andrew Gitahi Marete
Statistical Geneticist
Iain Wright
Deputy Director General – Integrated Science