Degree of Maturity, Absolute and Relative

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1987
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Mwandotto,B.A.J.
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Sahiwal is one of the most suitable cattle breeds for the vast semiarid, arid, and the humid coastal areas of Kenya. Various authors have reported the beef potential, superior milk yield, general adaptability and overall productivity of this Zebu breed under Kenyan conditions (Trail and Gregory, 1982; Kimenye, 1978; Kimenye, 1981 and Mwandotto, 1985). An essential component of productivity studied by Trail and Gregory (1981 and 1982) is calf growth to weaning as it estimates annual production of a cow. At its central breeding station, Naivasha, the Kenya Sahiwal is managed extensively. In order to develop the dairy temperament of the breed and to ensure milk recording, the calves are managed as dairy calves. The extensive management of dairy calves has resulted into wide changes in preweaning mortality and growth patterns relating to variations in physical and economic environment. This has made the age from birth to weaning a very critical stage of growth in the National Sahiwal Stud programme at Naivasha.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 52 (4), p. 272-278
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