Offtake and milking strategies of goat farmers in Ngozi Province (Burundi)
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197 goat flocks from the province of Ngozi in Burundi were monitored in 1990 and 1991. Most offtake corresponded to sales, with little home slaughtering practiced. Flock offtake rate for farmers with crossbred goats was lower than for non-participating farmers, while their flocks remained of similar size. Two third of participating farmers have accepted the practice of milking crossbred does; 50 percent of the does were milked in the 3 months following parturition. The income from the sale of goat milk accounted for the difference in the livestock cash income between participating and non participating farmers. This additional income substituted and did not add to the off farm income, illustrating the importance of the opportunity cost of labour off farm.