ILINOVA facilitates twenty projects

ILINOVA has facilitated twenty study projects. Two of the study projects have already been completed while the other eighteen are still on going. The projects are as a result of a call for proposals that was published on the iLINOVA website (www.ilinova.org) and in the January - June 2015 Newsletter.

Assessment of effects of climate change on smallholder livestock production in Njoro sub-county, Kenya.

This study has been completed. The study aimed at determining the aspects of climate change that affect livestock production and how they have changed in Njoro
Sub-County, the aspects of livestock production affected by climate change and the magnitude of this effect, establishment of various coping strategies, adaptation and mitigation measures employed by smallholder farmers to climate change effects on livestock production and determination of the factors that undermine the ability of smallholder livestock farmers to cope, adapt and mitigate against climate change effects on livestock production.

Crossbreeding of the Galla goat with exotic dairy goat breeds.

This study is for a period of two years and is currently on-going. The main aim of the study is to compare the growth rate and milk production in different crosses of Galla goat and various exotic dairy goat breeds and to determine the most optimal level of crossbred genotype in terms of production capacity.

Management of genetic diversity in the Sahiwal cattle breed in Kenya.

This study is for a period of one year and is ongoing. The objectives of the study is to determine the population structure and estimate parameters based on gene origin statistics for Kenyan Sahiwal cattle breed, to estimate realized and predict expected measures of genetic diversity for different year cohorts for the Kenyan Sahiwal population and to evaluate the effect of controlling future rate of inbreeding on expected genetic gain and design a strategy to manage genetic diversity of the Sahiwal breed in Kenya.

Optimising breeding strategies incorporating milk component traits and resistance to mastitis in dairy cattle in Kenya.

The study is on-going and it is going to take a duration of one year. The objectives of the study is to compare the genetic and economic efficiencies of alternative breeding systems for dairy cattle, to estimate risk-rated economic values for milk protein yield and resistance to mastitis, to compare the genetic and economic efficiencies of alternative schemes breeding for milk component traits and resistance to mastitis in dairy cattle and to asses growth rate of the two fish species on different feeding regimes.

Application of agricultural information and extension through agri-journalism.

The study is currently on-going and it is going to last for a period of one year with its objectives being; To record and produce at least one video and audio documentary every week, to organize at least one agri-journalism training every academic year, to create a working relationship with at least one national radio and one TV stations, to record and produce documentaries of at least all the events organized and co-organized by Centre of Excellence in Livestock Innovation and Business (CoELIB) and to record at least two lecturers on livestock and general agronomy every month for teaching purposes.

Effect of inclusion of Propopis juliflora pods on diets fed to New Zealand weaner rabbits.

The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of substituting commercial rabbit fed diets with P. juliflora seed pods on weight feed intake, weight gain and feed efficiency, to contribute information on the optimum inclusion level of P. juliflora pods in practical rabbit feeding and to develop management strategies that are environmentally friendly and economically viable to bring the Prosopis species under control. The study is completed.

Assessment of performance of four breeds of rabbits.

The study is currently on going with the aim of Comparing the growth and reproductive performance of four breeds of rabbits, Comparing the natural antibodies titres of the four breeds of rabbits, formulating feed ration using locally available feed stuff for rabbit and evaluation of the effect of the formulated feed ration on growth and immune responses of rabbit. The study shall take one year.

Assessment of performance of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and African cat fish in the highlands of Kenya.

The study aims at comparing the performance of the two fish species under Monoculture and or Polyculture and assessment of the growth rate of the two fish species on different feeding regimes. The study is on-going and shall last for a period of one year.

Innovative indigenous chicken housing.

The study is on-going and shall take six months. It aims at constructing a poultry house for indigenous chicken and determining the impact of housing design on production and welfare of indigenous chicken.

Towards a pastured poultry unit for improved livelihoods.

This study aims at determining the efficiency of producing indigenous chicken for meat under pasture-based systems, identification of the level of energy supplementation required by birds during the finishing period in pasturebased system and determination of the sensory attributes of meat from indigenous chicken reared on pasture-based system. The study is currently on-going and shall take a period of six months.

Farm identification for traceability of livestock products and provision of extension services

The study is ongoing and shall take a period of one year. It aims at developing a system for identification of smallholder livestock farms, identification of livestock farms based on production, environmental, economic and social factors and mapping of livestock farms using GIS technology.

Introduction of the Gir livestock breed for crossbreeding

The objectives of the study is to evaluate the growth of Cross-bred Gir calves, to evaluate the survival of crossbred Gir calves, to assess grazing / feeding behavior of Crossbred Gir cattle and to assess the milk production of Crossbred Gir cattle. The stud is on-going and shall take one year.

Effects of mating ratio, housing type and photoperiod on the reproductive performance of Japanese quail ( coturnix coturnix japonica)

The study aims at investigating the effects of mating ratio, housing type and photoperiod on the reproductive performance of Japanese quail. The study takes a period of 19 weeks.

Growth performance and carcass characteristics of confined fulani ecotype chickens fed varying dietary energy and protein levels

The study aims at evaluating the growth performance of confined Fulani ecotype chickens(FEC) varying dietary protein and energy levels, determining the  optimum energy and protein levels of confined FEC and evaluating the carcass characteristics of confined FEC fed varying dietary protein and energy levels. Development of improved artificial vagina for sustainable management of heterogenous rabbit population The objectives of the study is to develop a simple
inexpensive diposable rabbit artificial vagina for semen collection in rabbit, to validate the suitability of the improved artificial vagina for semen collection and to train and improve human capacity and expertise in semen collection and aetificial insemination in rabbit.

An Appraisal of the traditional methods of incubation and hatching of indigenous poultry eggs in Kwara State Nigeria

This study aims at evaluating the existing methods of incubation and hatching of indigenous poultry eggs and develop strategies to improve chick productivity under the traditionally managed indigenous poultry system in Kwara State. The study is ongoing and shall last for a period of six months.

Effect of battery cage, pasture and scavenging systems on egg production and egg quality parameters of laying hens

The Objective of the study is to determine the production efficiency of chicken on different production systems as well as the quality characteristic of products obtained. The study is on-going and runs for a period of six months.

Genetic diversity of Nigerian indigenous breeds of ram

The main aim of the study is to evaluate the genetic diversity of Nigerian indigenous ram breeds.

Choice models for evaluating preference traits of indigenous chickens in Southwestern Nigeria

The study aims at estimating chicken seller’s preference for tangible and non-tangible traits of indigenous chicken, assessing stock diversity of indigenous chicken
across regions in Osun State and determining the relative strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with indigenous chicken enterprises in Osun State Southwest Nigeria.

Climatic data recording for improved livestock production

The main objective of the study is to quantify the environmental stressors and relating this to animal performance, health and well-being. The project is on-going
and runs for a period of one year.

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