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GOAT AND SHEEP BREEDING…

The main work of the Goat Unit in Ngora under the leadership of Moses Ekoi, is on cross breeding Boer and Mubende Elite bucks with local goats to improve meat production. Suitable goats are provided free of charge to women’s village goat improvement schemes, which take care of multiplying the stock – under supervision and after substantial training.

7 paravet workers have been trained to promote animal health in the community.  Moses has built an underground water tank to hold 75,000 litres, enough to keep the goats well watered during the dry seasons.  The Unit benefits greatly from solar power and we are now developing a diagnosis and artificial breeding capacity there.

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The Unit benefits greatly from solar power and we are now developing a diagnosis and artificial breeding capacity there.  The Unit attracts many visitors from near and far, including local farming groups, district leaders and university researchers.  NARO (the National Agricultural Research organisation) has officially declared it as one of the best in Eastern Uganda and is working alongside it for the next 2 years.  Moses himself has won a national award for farming.

Freezing and storage of goat semen has also started as the basis for a goat artificial insemination service. We are pioneering both these activities in Uganda.

Great strides are being made on the artificial breeding programme by trustees Lorna Brown and Richard Jones, together with Gideon Nadiope, our vet partner there.  Establishment of a pure Boer nucleus herd by means of implantation of imported embryos has begun and we now have 3 female and 1 male kid of excellent pedigree.  Freezing and storage of goat semen has also started as the basis for a goat artificial insemination service.  We are pioneering both these activities in Uganda.

LATEST NEWS
The new 3 acres of land near the swamp has been cleared and ploughed using a bullock team in preparation for tree planting in one area, and goat grazing and browsing in another. The goat house at John Alupa’s farm for animals destined for the communities will be completed in October, allowing separation of the elite breeding stock, and forage planting and conserving at the main goat unit.

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