How to choose
If you want to have animals that are strong for work; that give
a lot of milk; that gain weight quickly and make plenty of meat, you must choose
breeding animals that are:
· well formed.
You must eat or sell all poorly developed animals. Keep animals
that have plenty of muscle. The muscles of the back and rump are the most
important, because they give the best meat.
· resistant to disease.
For example, do not raise zebu cattle in forest country where
there is tsetse fly.
· good producers.
It is important to choose animals that produce a lot. For
example: pigs that gain weight quickly; cows that give a lot of milk; chickens
that lay plenty of eggs; ewes that produce two lambs.
· not too young or too old.
A breeding animal that is too young, not yet fully grown, gets
tired, does not gain weight. It becomes a bad breeder. Its offspring will be
poorly nourished, for a female cannot both feed the young she is carrying, and
go on growing