By Mubiru Ivan
President Yoweri Museveni has tipped Ugandans to rear indigenous breed of cattle in order to have high milk yields and good quality animals.
The President who was at his farm in Kisozi, Gomba District on Tuesday said some people concentrate on the beauty of cows and fail to think about their productivity.
“Some people concentrate on the physical look of cows, their colour, the shape of horns etc. I believe we should first concentrate on milk yield and beauty thereafter. Not-so-beautiful cows can still produce more milk than those with good colours,” he revealed.
Museveni said each local breed of cow on his farm produces about 25 litres of milk on average every day and he is working to improve the yield.
“This indigenous breed is much more resistant to diseases than the Friesian cows and less costly to rear. It has high quality beef compared to Friesian breed,” he said
Adding, “One of these herds is called Ebicura II. The oldest cows in my farm which live up to over 20 years and can have about 14 times of calving. As Africans, we should embrace who we are and cease having low esteem, which drives us to covet everything foreign/Western.”
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