Abstract

Economic values for production and functional traits were estimated for production systems utilising the Boran breed in Kenya. Two production systems were considered in this study; long-fed medium input beef and long-fed low input dual purpose. The economic values were estimated assuming two situations. In the fixed herd-size situation, the economic values were generally positive showing that a unit increase in genetic merit of these traits had greater influence on revenues than costs. Under fixed pasture input situation, economic values for traits related to feed intake were lower and those of milk yield were negative. The magnitude of the economic values suggests that genetic improvement of production and functional traits will have a positive effect on profitability in the production systems.

T. O Rewe, J. MK Ojango, Alexander K Kahi

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 03.76, 2006
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