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International Journal of Dairy Science
  Year: 2015 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 126-133
DOI: 10.3923/ijds.2015.126.133
Productive and Reproductive Performance of Holstein-Friesian Cows under Farmer’s Management in Hossana Town, Ethiopia
Haftu Kebede

Abstract:
The study was conducted on 154 Holstein-Friesian (HF) cows maintained under farmer’s managemental system in Hossana city (Ethiopia). A total of 80 HF owners were randomly selected and interviewed with structured questionnaire to assess the productive and reproductive performance of Holstein-Friesian cows. The results of the study showed that the mean milk yield/day/cow was 8.38±0.47 L, lactation length was 252.25±5.31 days, peak yield was 11.39±0.58 L and lactation milk yield was 2149.19±143.80 L, number of services per conception was 1.8±0.09, age at first calving was 36.48±0.55 month, calving to first service interval was 212.70±18.12 days and calving interval was 462.87±19.48 days for HF cows. The constraints of dairy production in the study areas including feed shortage (1st), high feed cost (2nd), disease (3rd), scarce information about feeding (4th), high medicament cost (5th), scarcity of timely veterinary services (6th), lack of capital (7th), low price of milk (8th), heat detection (9th) and inefficient AI services (10th) were found to be the top challenges for dairy practice in the area. Therefore, strategies designed to solve the existing problem should be important by involving all stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of improvement strategies.
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Haftu Kebede , 2015. Productive and Reproductive Performance of Holstein-Friesian Cows under Farmer’s Management in Hossana Town, Ethiopia. International Journal of Dairy Science, 10: 126-133.

DOI: 10.3923/ijds.2015.126.133

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijds.2015.126.133

 
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