Towards resilient cross-breed dairy systems in Northern Ethiopia: a resource allocation assessment to determine appropriate selection targets and nutritional management

14 September 2022 → 13 March 2023
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal nutrition
    • Other veterinary sciences not elsewhere classified
Negative Energy balance (NEB) Smallholder Farmers Crossbreeds Feed Scarcity
Project description

The introduction of Holstein-Friesian genetics is often proposed to meet high demands for milk in   tropical regions. However, these ‘specialist genotypes’ are particularly adapted to ‘non-constrained’ environments and might suffer from seasonal variation in feed quality and availability, particularly during early lactation. On-farm monitoring, controlled experiments and model simulations are combined to assess responses of genetic selection traits versus or in combination with nutritional management strategies.