Africa / Animal Health / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Sample Collection

Update on CH4D ectoparasite study in Ethiopia

A study to identify and map the distribution of ectoparasites in scavenging chicken populations in Horro and Jarso as part of the CH4D project is now complete. The results from direct bird examinations show that indigenous breed flocks in the regions studied are infested with a diverse range of ectoparasites, including lice, mite and tick … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Chickens / Ethiopia / Livestock Challenges / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

Marisol Collins joins the Chicken Health 4 Development project

Welcome to Marisol Collins who, after volunteering to help with the first round of sampling, has formally joined the team starting 10 April 2012. Marisol is a veterinarian undertaking an MSc in International Animal Health at the University of Edinburgh. Marisol will be assisting with field and laboratory work. She will also analyse the data collected … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Chickens / Ecotypes / Ethiopia / Genetics / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock Challenges / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

Preliminary findings on the phenotypic diversity of two Ethiopian village chicken ecotypes presented at an international population and genetics meeting.

Preliminary phenotypic findings by Takele Taye (PhD student, The University of Nottingham and ILRI) were presented in a poster titled ‘ Phenotypic diversity of two Ethiopian village chicken ecotypes’ at The 45th Population Genetics Group meeting, The University of Nottingham 4-7th January 2012. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Capacity building / Chickens / Diagnostics / Ethiopia / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Regions

Working towards optimal flock health for better production

Working towards optimal flock health for better production’ Dr Kannan Ganapathy (Gana), Lecturer in avian infectious diseases (The University of Liverpool), worked with the poultry case team at the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research to identify  short and long term areas for improvement.  At the recent Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research Training Workshop (7-9th Dec … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Capacity building / Chickens / Ecotypes / Ethiopia / Genetics / Indigenous Breeds / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Defining the prevalence and distribution of genetic markers of resistance within Ethiopian poultry ecotypes

Work is underway to define the prevalence and distribution of genetic markers of resistance within and between well-defined local Ethiopian poultry ecotypes.  This week, Takele Taye (PhD student ILRI and The University of Nottingham) starts to extract DNA from chicken blood samples collected during the recent field sampling. Takele Taye (PhD student, ILRI and The … Continue reading

Africa / Chickens / Ecotypes / Ethiopia / Genetics / Poultry

Why chicken research for development?

For the November 2011 ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ event at ILRI, Tadelle Dessie (Chicken Health 4 Development) prepared an issue brief on the importance of research on poultry. In the issue brief, he argues that chicken production promises considerable potential to improve the livelihoods of rapidly increasing populations of developing countries. For many poor people in developing … Continue reading

Africa / Capacity building / Chickens / Ethiopia / Genetics

New MSc students join the Chicken Health 4 Development team

Two MSc students from Ethiopia will be completing their research project with the Chicken Health 4 Development team.  Eskinder Aklilu from Haramaya University Ethiopia, will be investigating ‘On-farm phenotypic characterization of indigenous chickens and chicken production systems in Horro and Jarso Districts, Oromia, Ethiopia’.  Brehanu Abera from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Addis Ababa University … Continue reading