ADGG / Animal Breeding / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Tanzania

Better breeds for more milk: ​African dairy genetics gains bulls and cows exhibition

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ADGG EnglishRole of African Dairy Genetics Gains platform (Artwork/ILRI: Eric Ouma, Ekta Patel)

Today, thirty-five farmers and over fifty representatives from the Tanzanian government including Hon. Luhaga Mpina, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania, and Dr. Eligy Mussa Shirima, Director General of the Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI), Tanzanian government and dairy industry leaders, representatives from neighboring African nations and international organizations, gather at the Nane Nane exhibition center for the very first public presentation of the country’s top dairy bulls and cows.

Tanzania has one of the largest livestock populations in Africa and according to the National Bureau of Statistics and the Tanzanian livestock master plan, the country has over 30 million cattle. Total annual milk production is estimated at 2.4 billion liters. An average crossbred cow yields approximately 1,400 liters of milk per lactation whereas as purebred yield approximately 400 liters per lactation. The animals were selected for their…

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