Effect of management on reproductive performances of the Achai cattle in the Hindu Kush (Northern Pakistan)

Saleem, Muhammad; Rahim, Inam; Rueff, Henri; Khan, Momen; Maselli, Daniel; Wiesmann, Urs; Sher, Muhammad (2012). Effect of management on reproductive performances of the Achai cattle in the Hindu Kush (Northern Pakistan). Tropical animal health and production, 44(6), pp. 1297-1302. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands 10.1007/s11250-011-0071-3

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This study evaluates the effect of management on the undocumented Achai cattle reproductive performance in transhumant farming systems (TFS) and in sedentary farming systems (SFS) in northwestern Pakistan. Data were collected from 172 households in TFS and 270 households in SFS to analyze the effect of farming systems, parity, and calving season on key reproductive traits. The results show that farming systems significantly affect pubertal age, while parity has no significant effect on any of the key traits. The calving season significantly affects the postpartum anoestrus interval in TFS only. More than 50% of the cows in both systems have postpartum anoestrus intervals and calving intervals within the recommended values for cows in tropical countries. Achai cows have high first-service conception rates (70% and 71% for TFS and SFS, respectively) and require a relatively small number of services per conception (1.53 ± 0.06 and 1.48 ± 0.05 SE for TFS and SFS, respectively). This local breed thus warrants conservation under both farming systems.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Critical Sustainability Studies (CSS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability

UniBE Contributor:

Rueff, Henri and Wiesmann, Urs Martin

ISSN:

0049-4747

Publisher:

Springer Netherlands

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:43

Last Modified:

04 Aug 2022 16:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11250-011-0071-3

Web of Science ID:

000305679400023

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.17655

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/17655 (FactScience: 225469)

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