An Advance Study on Dairy Buffalo Development through Investment in Genetic Improvement


In Asian countries, dairy products are an essential source of animal protein, particularly for nutritionally disadvantaged groups and vegetarians. As a result, raising buffalo milk output through genetic improvement from the sperm of a selected buffalo sire with a high anticipated milk difference is the preferred method of expanding domestic milk supply. Data was acquired from Artificial Insemination Centers in Egypt as a case study to evaluate the rate of return (IRR) on genetic investment using a dynamic mathematical investment model. The reproductive qualities and feed efficiency are the most essential variables in IRR, aside from the economic variables. It was possible to achieve the most likely IRR of 19.71 percent. The IRR would be reduced by 7.51 percent if the number of conception services, the age at First Calving, and the service length were all increased by 10%. If feed efficiency were to reduce by 10%, the IRR would drop by 9%. If feed costs, sperm prices, and milk prices all declined by 10%, the IRR would be reduced by 7%. Domestic genetic merit is necessary to import buffalo sires’ semen with a high anticipated milk difference at reasonable prices until establishment.

Author (s) Details

Ibrahim Soliman
Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt.

Basher Bahgat
Department of Agricultural Economics, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.

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