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The Programme

Buck Stations

• Buck stations are essential to our breeding programme, because they are a very cost-effective strategy for introducing dairy goats. more...

• They are where record-keeping begins.  more...  

• Buck stations are the contact point between farmers and the programme. more...  

• Bucks are rotated according to a long-term breeding plan. more…

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Breeders’ Groups

Breeders’ groups are central to the success of the programme.

• Breeders’ groups nominate the person who will run the buck station.

• They nominate who will keep the records.

• They oversee the process of buck rotation.

• They will be in charge of overseeing breed improvement, once support from the main programme is phased out.

So fostering group formation and development is central to our work.

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Community buck keeper in Bundibugyo District Learning to keep goat breeding records in rural Uganda Training a farmers group in Masaka District Training farmers in Masaka District about managing dairy goats

Training

• Output depends on input, so training on feeding is essential to maximise the benefit from the improved breed. more…

• The high-grade buck needs good housing, and the milk producing females offspring may also benefit from improved housing. more…

• Breeding plan. more…

• Record keeping. more…

Selective breeding. more…                                               more...

Coordination of breeding programme

Our long-term aim is to develop a new breed, based on the 50% cross-breeds. Buck stations and breeders groups are important, but as the groups mature, detailed supervision will be unnecessary and the main focus of our work will shift to coordination of breed improvement. more…

Most of the breeders’ groups that we establish are geared towards breeding 50% dairy-local crosses and applying selective breeding to them. But for this to happen, there has to be a supply of higher grade males. So we have also established some groups based on 75% crosses.