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Economic Valuation of Preferred Traits of Cattle in Central Ethiopia


This paper reports the relative economic values of and the willingness to pay for preferred attributes of cattle in crop-livestock mixed agricultural systems of Central Ethiopia. Choice experiment survey was employed to elicit preferences and random parameters logit model was estimated to quantify the relative economic weights of traits. The results show that fertility, disease resistance and calf vigor traits are equally or more important than milk in choosing a cow. The place where the cows were brought from is also an important attribute for buyers. Similarly, cattle buyers assign high values for good traction potential, disease resistance, calf vigor, and for places of origin when choosing bulls in the market. The smallholder community in this part of Ethiopia depends on semi subsistence agriculture and, therefore, livestock development interventions should focus on a multitude of reproductive and adaptive traits which stabilize the herd structure than focusing on traits which are only important to commercial purposes. In addition to producing breeds that are preferred by cattle buyers, incorporating these preferred attributes in breeding programs would contribute in reducing the erosion of the genetic diversity of the indigenous animal genetic resources

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: 

Livestock - cattle

Secondary Descriptor: 

Livestock production - Bulls

Geographic Descriptors: 
Central Ethiopia, Rural
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Broad Subject heading: 
Agricultural system - mixed
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2009
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:09:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:02:19
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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