Price-quality relationships for the main livestock feed types in the Ethiopian feed market

Adey Melesse, Melkamu Bezabih, Aberra Adie, Yonas T. Asmare, Kodukula V. Prasad, Ravi Devulapalli, Chris S. Jones, Michael Blummel, Jean Hanson, Tesfaye Alemu, Alan Duncan

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This study assessed the price-quality relationships for the major feed products in Ethiopia with a view to informing policy makers on possible avenues to develop the livestock feed sector in the country. A survey of livestock feed markets was conducted from April to May 2019 in five regions (Amhara, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), Oromia, Tigray and Addis Ababa). A total of 1700 feed samples with their respective price information were collected from 202 respondents. The collected samples were analysed for their crude protein (CP), neutral detergent fibre (NDF), acid detergent fibre (ADF), in vitro organic matter digestibility (IVOMD) and metabolisable energy (ME) content. Results showed considerable variability in quality within the same feed type. Pearson correlation and regression analyses showed that price-quality relationships for the feed samples were either very weak or non-existent. Wheat bran showed a weak price to quality correlation for CP (r= 0.200 at P
Original languageEnglish
Article number1194974
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers in Animal Science
Early online date19 Jul 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jul 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • feed
  • livestock
  • nutritive analysis
  • price left
  • specialty section: animal nutrition Ethiopia


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