Reducing camel young stock mortality in Ethiopia

Fiona Allan*, Johanna Wong, Ciara Vance, Meritxell Donadeu, Veronica Nwankpa , Shubisa Abera, Kassaw Amssalu, Alemayehu Lemma, Tsegaw Fentie , Christian Schnier, Andrew Peters

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Mortality of young stock is a challenge for livestock producers globally. This pilot study, part of a Government-led Young Stock Mortality Reduction Consortium project was undertaken to identify and evaluate interventions to reduce camel young stock mortality in pastoral production systems in Ethiopia. Key interventions were selected in alignment with national objectives in the Ethiopian Livestock Master Plan. Pastoralists were enrolled by convenience sampling across two regions. The pilot study findings demonstrated highly significant reductions in mortality, risk of diarrhoea and respiratory disease, and death from
malnutrition post-intervention, with the greatest impact in larger herds. These findings should contribute to improved livestock productivity in Ethiopia. Indeed, activities from a wider study also piloted are now being scaled up for bovine calves, and it is anticipated that this will be extended to camel and small ruminant young stock as well.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicince
EditorsDC Brodbelt, G van Schaik
Pages137-145
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-948073-70-0
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Mar 2023
EventConference and annual general meeting of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine - Pierre Baudis Conference Centre, Toulouse, France
Duration: 22 Mar 202324 Mar 2023

Conference

ConferenceConference and annual general meeting of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityToulouse
Period22/03/2324/03/23

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