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Work oxen supplemented at different levels during a feeding period of 3 months, were divided into 3 groups of average weight change −25, +35 and + 70 kg and worked under loadings of either 7.5 or 12.5 kgf/100 kg of liveweight for 2 weeks, in order to assess the impact of dry season supplementation on capacity for work. At approximately equal levels of(More)
A trial was carried out to assess the effect of liveweight and body condition on working capacity of zebu oxen. Over a working period of 9 days, animals which started work with a mean liveweight of 360 kg and body condition score of M+ produced the highest daily work output (3.43 MJ). At an initial liveweight of 360 kg, body condition had relatively little(More)
Amongst 186 farmers interviewed in 1986 in central Mali 95% declared having used oxen for at least some part of their crop production activities. Most of the users (98%) had exploited oxen for soil preparation, but only 66% had used animal-drawn equipment for weeding. Only 21% of respondents attributed problems with field operations to deficiency in oxen(More)
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