Les tiques dans un monde en évolution - Ticks in a changing world - Las garrapatas en un mundo en evolución - 74/75 - 1993/1-2. (FAO, 1993, 32 p.)
close this bookLes tiques dans un monde en évolution - Ticks in a changing world - Las garrapatas en un mundo en evolución - 74/75 - 1993/1-2. (FAO, 1993, 32 p.)
close this folderThe local Malawi goat
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The performance of local Malawi goats is said to be fair in terms of meat production and poor with regard to milk yields, probably because of unfavourable conditions such as little research and low financial priority, disease, inefficient husbandry, and poor nutrition and harsh climates. Cross-breeding with Boer goats promises improvements in the growth rates and therefore in meat production, but the rearing performance and meat production ability of the local goats need further evaluation. The actual and potential productivity of the goats must be known before the existing productivity gap can be demonstrated.

Renewed interest in small ruminants in the tropical world has caused animal scientists and policy-makers to include these species in research and development projects. However, basic information on local animals such as goats is urgently required, as any improvements will be based on this type of information. Since the information contained in this paper is sparse, more work needs to be done to strengthen each of the areas covered. A systems approach to information generation should be the method followed. Of immediate importance are the national evaluation of the milk production capabilities of all available goats (the evaluation of meat production capabilities should continue), the improvement of management or husbandry systems and the establishment of a milk and meat marketing policy for goats (and sheep).