Sidama study shows economic benefits of sheep milk in Ethiopia | LIVES-Ethiopia

By Yoseph Mekasha, Tesfaye Shewage, Dirk Hoekstra and Azage Tegegne

Sheep

Indigenous smallholder sheep flock grazing at Bensa District (photo credit:ILRI\Yosepf Mekasha).

Sheep rearing is an important part of livestock production in Ethiopia and sheep milk could offer additional nutritional and income benefits for the country’s smallholder farmers.

Currently, sheep production in Ethiopia generates household income through the sale of live animals, provides meat (animal protein) for families, manure for fertilizing cropping land and meets socio-economic needs. Sheep and sheep products are also exported to provide much needed foreign exchange for the country.But, despite its socio-economic  importance, the role of sheep as a source of milk is not well developed in the country.

On the other hand, some areas of the country are, however,  now paying attention to sheep’s role in providing mi….

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