Characterisation of smallholder dairy production systems using animal welfare and milk quality

BS Kawonga, MGG Chagunda, TN Gondwe, SR Gondwe, JW Banda

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Abstract

The aimof the current study was to characterise and evaluate production system of smallholder dairy farmers using an index based on combined score of animal welfare and milk quality. Farms were grouped into three categories, tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3. To test the robustness of the characterisation, milk yield (MY), calving interval (CI) and body condition scores (BCS) were used. In the study area, the majority (66.3%) of smallholder dairy farmers practiced cut-and-carry as compared to 15.3% who grazed their cows. The rest combined cut-andcarry and grazing. Cows of farmers in tier 1 had the lowest mean MY (5.4 kg/day, SE00.4), lowest mean BCS (2.1 kg/day, SE00.09) and longest mean CI (603 days, SE0 27) than farmers in tier 3, mean MY (10.8 kg/day, SE00.6), mean BCS (2.6, SE00.06) and mean CI (404 days, SE017). The study demonstrated that a simple and yet novel method based on farm level indicators can be developed and could assist to timely identify specific problems on the farm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1429 - 1435
Number of pages7
JournalTropical Animal Health and Production
Volume44
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - Oct 2012

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Keywords

  • Animal welfare
  • Milk quality
  • Smallholder dairy production system

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Kawonga, BS ; Chagunda, MGG ; Gondwe, TN ; Gondwe, SR ; Banda, JW. / Characterisation of smallholder dairy production systems using animal welfare and milk quality. In: Tropical Animal Health and Production. 2012 ; Vol. 44, No. 7. pp. 1429 - 1435.
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Characterisation of smallholder dairy production systems using animal welfare and milk quality. / Kawonga, BS; Chagunda, MGG; Gondwe, TN; Gondwe, SR; Banda, JW.

In: Tropical Animal Health and Production, Vol. 44, No. 7, 10.2012, p. 1429 - 1435.

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