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Table 2 Smallholder sheep producers’ breeding strategies and rams breed source

From: Flock composition, breeding strategies and farmers’ traits of interest evaluation of Wollo highland sheep and their F1 crosses

Strata Ram source   Village controlled breeding Private controlled breeding Random mating Mixed type
N n % n % n % n %
First Awassi crosses 212 76.0 35.8 57.0 26.9 13.0 6.1 66.0 31.1
Own flocks (ram source)   9.0 11.9 16.0 27.6 9.0 70.2 22.0 34.0
Project (ram source)   21.0 28.1 19.0 33.2 4.0 29.8 17.0 25.0
Market (ram source)   35.0 45.4 22.0 39.3 22.0 32.7
Government (ram source)   11.0 14.1 5.0 7.7
Second Washera crosses 235 83.0 35.3 63.0 26.8 23.0 9.8 66.0 28.1
Own flocks (ram source)   10.0 12.0 17.0 27.0 16.0 69.5 22.0 33.3
Project (ram source)   23.0 27.7 21.0 33.3 7.0 30.4 17.0 25.8
Market (ram source)   38.0 45.8 25.0 39.7 22.0 33.3
Government (ram source)   12.0 14.5 5.0 7.6
Third Wollo highland 215 26.0 12.1 94.0 43.7 83.0 38.6 12.0 5.6
Own flocks (ram source)   3.0 11.5 26.0 27.7 58.0 69.9 4.0 33.3
Project (ram source)   7.0 26.9 31.0 33.0 25.0 30.1 3.0 25.0
Market (ram source)   12.0 46.2 37.0 39.4   4.0 33.3
Government (ram source)   4.0 15.4   1.0 8.3
  1. 1st strata, Awassi crosses; 2nd strata, Washera crosses and 3rd strata, Wollo highland breed; and N, total number of flock owners