The broad groups of cattle in Africa are discussed in relation to the main ecological zones. It is indicated how the lack of published information on livestock breeding work in the continent has led to a project assembling all available information reported in non-conventional form; to the collaborative evaluation of breeding research operations; and to development of a microcomputer based performance recording system specifically designed for use in livestock research and development situations in Africa. Breeding results discussed indicate that indigenous breeds are well adapted to local environments, and that any increase in genetic potential of these breeds can be exploited only if nutritional, disease and climate stresses are reduced.

J. CM Trail

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XI. Genetics of reproduction, lactation, growth, adaptation, disease, and parasite resistance., , 474–485, 1986
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