Artificial Insemination Improves Local Cattle Breeds Quality and Productivity  

Artificial Insemination Improves Local Cattle Breeds Quality and Productivity

   Artificial Insemination Improves Local Cattle Breeds Quality and Productivity   

Beef cattle farmers in Chipinge district, in Manicaland, have welcomed artificial insemination coupled with coupled with several good livestock management practices aimed at improving the productivity of their smaller local breeds to be competitive on the beef market.

By Francis S. Bingandadi Managing Editor AgriSeason

Mr. Alec Muchini of Mutema village, ward 4, said that he has learnt to leverage artificial insemination to produce fast growing cattle that can fetch more money under the USAID funded Feed the Future Zimbabwe Livestock development programme.

Mr. Muchini said that farmers in his village were impressed by the results of artificial insemination and managed to record 50% success rates.

The farmers experimented with Angus, Limosine, Brahaman bulls to help improve the performance of their animals said Mr. Muchini.

Sixty-year old Mr. Muchini said that his group of farmers sold off all the unproductive and slow growing cattle and bought better performing in-calf heifers that the are now using under the artificial insemination programme.

The farmers engaged a micro-credit institution and bought 12 heifers. The worked with livestock extension officers from the Department of Veterinary Services, DVS, Agritex, and the Feed the Future Zimbabwe Livestock Development Programme.

 Another member of the group, Mr. Isiaih Maranele said that their cattle were borny and could not give them calves every year, and have since reversed that artificial insemination.

Mr. Muchini said that the farmers in his area are appreciative of what they learnt under the programme but still have to learn more on artificial insemination and are still to learn where to procure the best quality semen straws in case the programme were wind up.