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Beef production in the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya: constraints and prospects for research and development

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dc.contributor.author AK Kahi, CB Wasike, TO Rewe
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-28T07:41:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-28T07:41:08Z
dc.date.issued 2006-09
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.maseno.ac.ke/handle/123456789/2507
dc.description.abstract Most of Kenya (80%) is classified as arid and semi-arid. The climatic conditions in these regions are so harsh for crops that only livestock production can thrive. These regions provide the bulk of beef consumed in the country, which is produced via two main systems: large-scale dairy-meat commercial ranching and small-scale dairy-meat production. In both these systems, production is pasture-based. The animals kept are the highly adapted indigenous zebu (small East African zebu and Boran) or exotic beef (for example, Hereford, Simmental, Charolais, Angus) breeds and their crosses kept mainly by the commercial ranchers. Development of the beef industry in Kenya has lagged behind other agricultural enterprises due to policies that were unfavourable towards arid and semi-arid lands and the historically poor infrastructure development in the rangelands. It is concluded that there is potential for beef production … en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.subject arid and semi-arid lands, beef cattle production, production constraints, production systems, research and development en_US
dc.title Beef production in the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya: constraints and prospects for research and development en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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