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Rapid Assessment for Livestock Disease Mapping in Ojojie Integrated Water Shed Management Doyogena, District of Southern Ethiopia

Melese Yilma1*, Fitsum Tessema1, Tewodros Getachew1, Tucho Tumato1, Shimelis Mengistu1, Tesegay Bekele1, Addisu Jimma1 and Asert Tera2

1Areka Agricultural Research Center, Areka, PO Box 79, Ethiopia

2Southern Agricultural Research Institute, Hawassa, PO Box 06, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author:
Melese Yilma
Areka Agricultural Research Center
PO Box 79, Areka, Ethiopia
Tel: +251910755190
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: July 24, 2015; Accepted date: January 28, 2016; Published date: January 30, 2016

Citation: Yilma M, Tessema F, Getachew T, Tumato T, Mengistu S, et al. (2016) Rapid Assessment for Livestock Disease Mapping in Ojojie Integrated Water Shed Management Doyogena, District of Southern Ethiopia. J Veterinar Sci Technol 7:300. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000300

Copyright: © 2016 Yilma M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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The objective of this paper was rapid assessment of major health problem for disease mapping on integrated water shad management system and the study was undertaken in farmers dissection group formed in the water shade delineated site ojojie model water shade. As to livestock production constraint disease challenge was most important next to feed and indigenous breed genetic performance in the management system. In the area as to the major livestock production constraint season play great role in association with rainfall pattern. Overstocking in the pasture and traditional husbandry practice provoke livestock disease challenge and outbreak in the management system. For the herd entry and exit rout birth, market, family gift, outbreak mortality (natural death lose) and government and NGO program was identified as the main source for disease and infection challenge in the management system. Seasonal disease distributions and livestock production variation is manly associate with the disease enzootic stability, feed gap, and environmental condition variability. The study was first report to the area can be used as bench mark for disease laboratory diagnosis and conformation.


Livestock; Health problem; Water shed; Ojojie


Animal diseases continue to constrain livestock productivity, agricultural development, human well-being and poverty alleviation in many regions of the developing world. There are some diseases that affect all regions of the world and all sectors of the community and there are some that are of particular importance, individually and collectively to the very poor. These are diseases that affect the particular species of animals that have special importance to poor societies. Include diseases that affect the human populations of these poor societies themselves and causing death, disability and suffering so creating a barrier to escape from poverty [1].

In general livestock diseases are grouped in to endemic, epidemic (Tran’s boundary), zoonotic and foodborne. Animal diseases generate a wide range of biophysical and socio-economic impacts that may be both direct and indirect, and vary from localized to global problems. Particularly useful distinction can be made between those impacts associated with overt disease and those associated with disease risk [2].

When animal disease occurs, there are several different types of commonly recognized impacts the most important and readily measurable direct effects of diseases are manifest by losses in productivity. These include the effects of death, illness leading to condemnation, poor weight gain, poor milk yield, poor feed conversion, poor reproductive capacity and poor work capacity for draft and packing animals. Diseases of livestock have additional indirect impacts this impact is often highly under-estimated, and has generally been poorly quantified.

Reduction or elimination of market opportunities outbreaks of infectious diseases in a community or a region may result in local market disruptions as movement restrictions are imposed, with farmers unable to market livestock and livestock products with optimal timing such as moving fattener to marketers at all for example restricting milk collection, or they may face dramatically depressed prices. The mere occurrence of certain diseases can also severely constrain cross-border and other international trade, and is most commonly associated with the highly infectious diseases such as Foot and mouth disease, Newcastle disease and the epidemic zoonosis such as Rift valley fever [3].

Diseases of livestock have many additional direct and indirect impacts on human nutrition, community development and sociocultural values and illness in people associated with zoonotic and foodborne diseases leads to losses in their productivity and quality of life, as well as costs incurred for treatment [4]. Livestock diseases that inflict major socio economic losses in Ethiopia occur every year. Annual disease losses amount to 8-10%, 14-16%, and 11-13% of the cattle, sheep and goat populations, respectively. It is estimated that some 700 million Birr (1 US $=9.2 Birr) is lost annually due to helminthes(internal parasite) infestation of domestic animals [5]. Besides affecting the quantity and quality of livestock products, the prevalence of infectious and economically important animal diseases in Ethiopia excludes the country from profitable international markets, thereby greatly reducing the country’s foreign exchange earnings. Poor husbandry practices and inadequate veterinary services are the major factors favoring the expansion of livestock diseases [6].


The watershed is located in Doyogena Woreda of Kembata Tambaro zone. The total population of the Woreda is 116,048. The total area of the woreda is estimated to be 18, 091.34 ha which comprises cultivated land (12,248.6 ha), forest land (3573 ha), grazing land (1110 ha), degraded land (435 ha), swampy land (358.33 ha), potentially cultivable land (202.4 ha) and others (162.4 ha). The woreda has diverse agro-ecologies out of which 15% Dega, 74% W/Dega and 11% Kolla. Rainfall distribution of the Woreda ranges from 850 mm to 1200 mm and 20°C to 25°C average annual temperature. The altitude ranges from 1900-2010 masl. Teff, wheat, haricot bean, maize, sweet potato and irish potato are the major crops of the woreda. Other crop like field pea and faba bean are also produced in limited amount [7] (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Map of Doyogena district with in Kembata-Tambaro zone (Source: Doyogena District BoA).

From three Kebele (Ancha, Gomora and Wagabata) farmers group in the watershed were considered for the study. Sample of farm households from the three Kebele were selected using random sampling technique using list of households which was obtained from Kebele’s in the watershed. To ensure representation of female headed households in the sample, farmers in each group were stratified into male and female headed households and 22% of samples to be female headed; however, number of female headed households in the three groups was so negligible that only few cases were considered. Hence, a total of 6 sample households, 2 from each Keble’s were selected for three farmer’s discussion group.

Data Collection

The primary data was collected from sample households with farmer’s discussion group and structured PRA tool was employed. A team of researchers and technical assistants from animal science research case team were given an orientation on the PRA tool. Thus, they had consent to undertake the data collection under close supervision. The study also considered information from secondary sources such as previous project research report, woreda office of agriculture, and related literature. The data collected for the study encompasses information regarding livestock disease and economic importance, zoonosis and animal source human nutrition on integrated water shed management and livestock composition. The field survey was conducted during Jun, 2013.


Livestock production seasonal calendar during the past one year

In the study area farmers used to rear different type of livestock. The main livestock types were cattle, small ruminants, poultry and to some extent draft animals such as horse, mule and donkey. Only few farmers had bee hive. There is difference on the number of breeding ram and oxen between farmers in the three groups.

Livestock productions vary during the year [especially fattener and breeder] with respect to seasons where there is less feed available and production decline in association with livestock health challenge in the management system the root cause is high / low rainfall distribution in the seasons where there is less livestock feed is available in the community. Livestock reproduction cycle dramatically increases in association with start of school year and festivals this is due to increase demand for animal source protein in the community [household consumption] (Figure 2).


Figure 2: Livestock production seasonal calendar breeding and fatting (n=100).

Seasonally September, October, November, April and May the livestock reproduction is peak which is mainly associated with feed (quality pasture and abounded crop residue as to livestock feed), water availability and suitable environmental condition. On the other hand in January, February and March livestock production decrease in quality and quantity which is heated by high morbidity and mortality due to livestock disease, degraded grazing and pasture quality and pasture contamination with fecal and harbors parasitic larvae and egg. August is time of planting crop so livestock breeding decreases since animal are allowed indoor feeding there is no accuses for observing heat sign and mating which reduce fertility. January, February and March is time of general feed shortage and those only feed source is enset leaf, pseudo stem, corms and crop residue (wheat straw, barely straw).

Following the MESKELE festival, beef fattening will start June and finish on September this is indicated in the Figure 1 above and from December, January, February, March, April and May beef fattening is not practiced due to high feed / finishing cost, seasonally this is a period of cultivation so farmers intensively use oxen for draft power and endemic disease challenge.

May to August sheep fattening is not suitable as these months are cool and also high contamination of the pasture with parasite egg which is manifested by poor feed conversion and low weight gain. In this season liver fluke (MURY) is the major challenge in Wasara and kachara Gott unlike high tick infestation but to that of Jana and Anch. 1 and 2 Gott the main challenge is high tick and egg infestation on the animal and pasture and in addition high finishing cost ram, fattening is not practical (Figure 3).


Figure 3: Farmer discussion group while data captured on livestock production seasonal calendar (photo source: Melese Yilma).

Farmers’ perceptions to the main constraints to production of livestock in the integrated water shed management system

According to this study, livestock disease challenge and seasonality in feed availability, water shortage typically long watering point, land topography and accidental death of productive cows, culling of productive caws due to accident / involuntary culling, poor livestock technology adoption and management practice, land shortage for planting improved forges, livestock market problem manifested in the presence of large number of middle men and poor genetic potential of the local genotypes were rated as the major livestock production constraints in the watershed. The top five ranked constraints were disease, feed shortage in seasons, water shortage and poor livestock technology adoption. The constraint that was identified as most important is shortage of potable water, poor genetic potential of the indigenous livestock and disease challenge (Table 1).

n/s Data capture 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Score  Rank
1 Disease / health challenge   2 1 1 5 1 1 1 9 5 3
2 Feed problem / shortage in seasons     3 2 2 6 7 2 2 5 3
3 Water shortage /no or long watering point       3 3 3 3 3 3 7 1
4 Land topography / Accidental death, culling of caws         5 6 7 4 9 1 6
5 Poor/ gap on livestock technology adoption           5 5 5 9 4 4
6 Poor livestock management             6 6 9 4 4
7 Land shortage / for planting improved forge plant               7 9 3 5
8 Livestock market problem /middle man                 9 0 7
9 Improved breed /poor performing local breed                   6 2

Table 1: Pair-wise ranking Farmers perception for the main livestock production constrain in the water shed. Data collected from a pair wise ranking from three focus group discussions (n=100).

Water shortage / no or long watering point

Water source for livestock in the water shed include spring, river, hand dug well and community ponds. More than 90% of farmers in all focus discussion group responded that the main source of water for human and livestock use is spring. More than 83% of farmers in the groups responded that ownership of water sources mainly belongs to the community. For the majority of farmers the water sources exist throughout the year (annual), which implies, in the area there is no serious water source problem. Even though, the water sources are community resources (hand dug well, springs and community ponds), there is no water utilization bylaw which is an important tool for sustainable use of the water [7].

Water source is abundant and not problem in the management system. However it is critically indicated by the Wasera and Kechera farmer’s discussion group that long journey for livestock watering point to the Hadiya border with related travelling stress; uncontrolled livestock movement to the water point and animal congregation at the area and water source contamination is main problem for the livestock production. Besides, to this at the congregation pointe contagious disease (Hemorrhagic septicemia), water source and environmental pollution are the main challenge in the area.

Improved breed / poor genetic performing local breed

In the management system 99% livestock population are local / indigenous and are low in the genetic performance. To improving the milk production the cost for heifer seed source is high and gap in use and adoption of reproductive biotechnology (artificial insemination and induced synchronization plus artificial insemination). Poultry high mortality of exotic day old chicken and predator challenge are serious problem for poultry improvement in the system.

Disease and health challenge

Due to traditional husbandry practice on the communal grazing pasture in dry season due to over stocking and pasture contamination soil born disease (Anthrax and B-leg) and toxic plant (LAKESSA and SODDO NAKALLA) in the system livestock disease and health challenge caused sudden death and heavy loss in the past years (Figure 4).


Figure 4: Toxic plant species identified by the Farmer discussion group us major challenge in the area (photo source: Melese Yilma).

As to the wet season high tick, mange mite and other external parasitic challenge and liver fluke (MURYA) disobey the livestock production system in the area. Due to infection by toxic plant (LAKESSA) and fluke (MURYA) livestock market price is deplored due to liver infection, condemnation of organ and poor BCS of the live oxen.

Livestock morbidity and mortality (availability and risk) herd (entry / exit)

Health risks versus nutrition benefits around consumption of sick and/or dead animals and flock dynamics in association livestock morbidity and mortality. The beans counters in this circle represent all the stock present ill age or community at the start of the year. First we want to look at the proportion which enters the herd. How do they obtain their animals during the course of the year the sources are Market / purchase, gift, government program (Areka Agricultural Research center / SARI), Breeding / birth, NGO (Irish aid OR, Productive seftyt-net program / PSNP / and traditional arrangement in which one directly shares one third of the animal in question (SISSO). Secondly, we want to look at the proportion which leaves the herd. The different reasons for livestock move out are sold, gift, stolen, death, predator, accident due to the land topography and culling of nonproductive and aged animal from the stock (Tables 2-7).

Data captured Proportion other
Livestock source (n=200)  
Market/ purchase 31  
Breeding /by birth 65  
Gift 26 Traditional practice in the area
Government 17 SARI/ Areca agricultural research center and weredaBoA.
NGO 16 PSNP and Irish aid OR
Traditional practice /SISSO 45 Traditional livestock sharing arrangement in the area
Reason for livestock move out (n=200)  
Sold 98  
Gift 12 Traditional practice in the area especially marriage time 
Stolen 12  
Death 40 Root cause for death are disease, accident and environment
Predator 11 high mortality of the day old chicken
Accident 13 Mainly associated with the land topography
Culling 14 Reproductive problem, poor performance and age of animal
Remaining stock (n=20)  
Breeding 4 For replacement stock
Draft 3 Mainly cattle and equine
Milk 3 Caw
Security 3 Ruminate and poultry
Household protein/ consumption 7 Typically animal source food

Table 2: Herd dynamics of the livestock production in the integrated water shed management system.

Data capture Disease1 Disease 2 Disease 3 Disease 4 Disease 5 Disease 6 Disease 7
Local name Heticho Bobro Shilgiko Angicho Keste-damena Murya Gandeya
Clinical signs Air born, sudden death Fever, shivering, lameness Mucous and blood on faeces, sometime dry faeces Tung is not flexible,excessivesalvation, fever Red urine, dry fasces, depression & poor BCS Emaciation, diarrhea, PM worm on the liver Emaciation, reduced draft power, depressed and death 
common name Anthrax B-leg Salmonellosis Wooden tong Babesiosis Liver fluke Trypanosomasis
condition and age group of animal affected All age group Well-fed animal All age All age All age Adult All age
seasonality of occurrences Dry season Dry season  Oct. Nov -nil Throughout the year Dry seasons with feed shortage toxic plant RASSO Wet and rainy season Dry season
breed of animal affected All All Nil All Local Local All
main effect of the disease Death Death if not treated death, weight loss weight loss Death weight loss death, weight loss
Ethology Air born and climate change -air Contamination - Dry seasons with feed shortage toxic plant RASSO Worm on the pasture -
treatment and prevention measures/ ethno vet practice Nil Cutting on the back, bleeding and burning WORBEBO leaf Nil Raving the Tung with dry dung and fumigation with egg shell+ dung + Feto leaf Nil Tablet Vet service
degree of effectiveness of the treatment   ***   ***   *** *

Table 3: List of most common endemic diseases of cattle. Very effective***; a little bit effective*.

Data capture Disease 1 Disease 2 Disease 3 Disease 4 Disease 5 Disease 6 Disease 7
Local name Gansho Lomicho Bokomosso Kurkussa Batarnna Murya Elamosso
Clinical signs Nasal discharge, coughing  and PM lesion on the lung Sub-mandibular Odem and eye lid Swelling of head region and incoordination Lesion on the mouth, off feed and water Nodular lesion on the non-hair region of the body tail, udder Sub-mandibular Odem poor BCS and PM worm on the liver Excessive lacrimation and off feed and water
common name Pneumonia GIP Big head disease Orf Pox Liver fluke Pink eye disease
condition and age group of animal affected All age sheep Adult, sheep All age Adult All age Adult, sheep All age
seasonality of occurrence July May, Jun, July Throughout the year Cold season July Jan, Feb, Mar Following rainy season Throughout the year
breed of animal affected All Local All Local All all All
main effect of the disease death, weight loss death, weight loss, diarrhea death, weight loss weight loss death, weight loss death, weight loss, diarrhea weight loss
Ethology MURYA, Air Green and lush pasture Nil DUFFA (plant leaf) Nil Worm Nil
treatment and prevention measures/ ethno vet practice ZEBGEBLE and Kosho Nil Cutting on the head + branding with hot metal/ knife Nil Heal after infection Nil Tablet ZEBGEBEL + Garlic spray on to the eye 
degree of effectiveness of the treatment   * Nil   *       ***   *

Table 4: List of most common endemic diseases of shoat. Very effective***; a little bit effective*.

Data capture Disease 1 Disease 2 Disease 3 Disease 4 Disease 5
Local name Gandeya SALAKA Gamya Hangaro / CICC/ chacharsa
Clinical signs Emaciation, off feed and water intake death Coughing, submandibular Odem, emaciation Sudden change on feed, lush pasture, frequently fall dawn and stand up Inching, extensive hair loss and contagious Nodular lesion on the skins of ventral body and ozze pus, emaciation and death 
common names Systemic infection Viral infection Colic / GIP/ Alopecia Epizootic lypangitis
kind of equine affected mostly Horse All All Horse Horse
Seasonality Feb / throughout the year Wet season of the year Following rainy season of the year Feb Wet season of the year
major effect of the disease Death Death Emaciation and death in chronic case Emaciation and death in chronic case Death
treatment and prevention measures/ ethno vet practice Nil PO rotten chicken egg FUGMALATA tree leaf Washing with ENDOI and GULLO tree leaf Washing with ENDOI and GULLO tree leaf
degree of effectiveness of the treatment   * *** ** *

Table 5: List of most common endemic diseases of equine.Very effective***; a little bit effective*.

Data capture Disease 1
Local name Kembeshya / FUNGLLE
Clinical signs Incoordination, coughing, watery diarrhea and wing paralysis
common name Systemic infection
age of chicken affected All age
season where the disease occurs Apr, May
breed of chicken affected All / improved
effect of the diease Death
causative agent Nil
treatment and prevention measures/ ethno vet practice Bisana leaf +BARO + Kerosene +BOLE salt
degree of effectiveness of the treatment *

Table 6: List of most common endemic diseases of poultry. Very effective***; a little bit effective*.

Livestock disease Morbidity proportion (n=20)  Mortality condition (n=20)
Die Recover
Heticho 1 20 0
Bobro 3 10 10
Shilgiko 2 12 8
Angicho 3 15 5
Keste-damena 1 20 0
Murya 8 12 8
Gandeya 2 20 0
Small ruminants      
Gansho 6 15 5
Lomicho 2 10 10
Bokomosso 1 20 0
Kurkussa 3 2 18
Batarnna 2 10 10
Murya 4 10 10
Elamosso 2 1 19
Gandeya 10 18 2
SALAKA 6 2 18
Gamya 4 4 16
Hangaro / CICC/ 2 20 0
Chacharsa 2 20 0
Kembeshya / FUNGLLE 20 20 0

Table 7: Proportional pilling for herd morbidity and mortality (PPM).

Livestock disease seasonal calendar

Most of the parasitic diseases occur in the months of May to July (rainy seasons), which happens in these seasons due to favorable conditions for parasites to harbor and liver fluke parasites occur (Figure 5).


Figure 5: Livestiock disease seasonal calender pair wise scoring on the base of morbdity and mortality of animal in the past one year (n=50).

Conclusion and Recommendation

This PRA study provided information that will be used as bench mark for livestock disease mapping through disease laboratory diagnosis and conformation. Seasonal disease distributions and livestock production variation is manly associate with the disease enzootic stability, feed gap, and environment. In the study area livestock disease incidence is typically linked directly with temperature change per day / month / season.

Based on the provided information as the bench mark further laboratory intervention should be conducted for disease epidemiology and mapping in the management system.

Intervention strategies should be designed to labiate major production constraints and improve production and productivity of livestock through livestock disease prevention and control.


I want to acknowledge Wolaita Soddo Veterinary Regional Laboratory (WSVRL) for their communications and support in both filed and laboratory work.

“I declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this article.”


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