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Husbandry practices of El-Kababish camel herders: case study north Kordofan State, Sudan

Abdelhadi O.M.A., Babiker S.A., El-Emam M.B., Faye B.. 2011. Journal of Camel Practice and Research, 18 (1) : p. 7-14.

The present work aimed to study husbandry practices of camel herders in north Kordofan state, Sudan. A total of 122 farmers were randomly selected using questionnaire technique. The questionnaire was conducted between March and April (2007) in 4 different areas (Sodary, Jabra, Umgrfa and Almuwelih), dominated by Kababish camel herders. The results indicated that 59% of camel farmers were owners, while 41% were shepherds. Illiteracy among camel owners was 48.6% and among shepherd was 56%. Average herd size was 85.1 ± 37.2 heads. Camel herders keep high percentages of breeding females (74.2%) while breeding males amounted to 25.2% in different herds. Sheep and goats were also raised besides camels. Castration of males was practiced for fattening purposes by 40% of the farmers. Seasonal migration was practiced by the majority of the herders to the northern and southern parts of the state. The study reported the presence of twelve camel diseases, whereas local knowledge was extensively practiced in combating diseases. Most of the farmers (75.4%) use the money returns from selling of camels in other activities rather than adding new animals to their herds. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : méthode d'élevage; chameau; soudan

Thématique : Elevage - Considérations générales; Sociologie rurale et sécurité sociale

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