Local dignitaries handed over thirty young bulls and sixty goat bucks to livestock keepers in Chololo in a move to improve yields of milk and meat. These livestock have been scientifically bred from African, Asian and European stock by the National Livestock Research Institute at Mpwapwa to produce offspring that reach maturity earlier and produce more milk and meat while remaining locally adaptable. According to NLRI the local Tanzania Short Horn Zebu breed typically grows to just 90-140kg in four years, while the Mpwapwa bull crossbred offspring should grow to 200kg in only three years. Similarly cow milk yields are expected to double to around four litres per day. Meanwhile the introduction of new Malya goat bucks is expected to increase goat live-weights from the current 30kg to around 70kg, while milk yields could rise from almost nothing at present to more than one litre per day.
Livestock keepers will be testing the performance of the new breeding males (under contract to ensure safekeeping), with training support from IRDP and the Dodoma Municipal Council extension staff. Check out the pics below for a look at the animals and their new owners.