A seminar that focuses on the improvement of breeding improvement initiatives in Ethiopia.

Explanatory introduction of the events

The highlights of the event.

On Friday April 13th  DairyBISS  conducted  a scientific seminar based on breeding  at  Getfam Hotel.

The seminar began with an opening conducted by Mr Adriaan Vernooij of Wageningen University who explained that the main ideas and intentions of the seminar which was that this was an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration of Dutch and Ethiopian knowledge institutes on issues of dairy breed improvement researches.

The seminar gathered a group of prominent scholarly and business minded individuals from various places around the world who engaged in cattle and dairy breeding to share information and discuss on bringing about progress in this particular topic .


Opportunities for Enhanced Crossbred dairy based Milk Productivity through use of Genomic, Reproductive and IC Technologies

By Okeyo,A.M. , Mrode R, J. Ojango, E. Tessema and E. Kefena. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Highlights of this particular presentation and its major points


  1. Role of agriculture and livestock sector to Africa’s Economic growth
  2. Livestock in Africa
  3. Huge gaps between demand and supply in dairy products in Africa
  4. Large differences in productivity depending on the production system
  5. Low herd/cow productivity and the environmental consequences
  6. Opportunities
  7. Why the African Dairy Genetic Gains? (The Challenges that ADGG is addressing)
  8. ADGG: Approach and Objectives
  9. Current ADGG phenotypes
  10. Achievements and results
  11. Challenges

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Dairy cattle crossbreeding program in Ethiopia by: Million Tadesse EIAR

By Million Tadesse EIAR ( Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research)

Highlights of this particular presentation and its major points  

  1. Introduction
  2. Objective (s)
  3. Cattle breeds of Ethiopia
  4. Dairy cattle crossbreeding effort in ETHIOPIA
  5. Summary of results
  6. Challenge/constraints
  7. Opportunities

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Breeding and feeding: challenges and opportunities

By Adriaan Vernooij, Wageningen University

 Highlights of this particular presentation and its major points


  1. -Importance of roughage/fodder in cow’s diet.
  2. -How to improve.
  3. -How to still feed them?


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Implementation of dairy cattle breeding policy in Ethiopia – some reflections on complementary strategies

By Sipke Joost Hiemstr Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN)

 Highlights of this particular presentation and its major points

-Which dairy animals and animal characteristics for which Ethiopian production system? – Breeding goal

-Structure and implementation of breeding programs

  • Cross-breeding strategies
  • Improvement and maintenance of indigenous breeds

-Taking advantage of novel approaches and technologies

Conclusions – pathways towards implementation of complementary strategies.

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In summary the meeting was a success and covered most of its major topics and questions.
















DairyBISS has successfully conducted its breeding scientific seminar .

On Friday April 13th  DairyBISS has conducted  a scientific seminar based on breeding  at  Getfam Hotel.

The seminar highlighted a number of important issues for the future in breeding improvement initiatives in Ethiopia. Moreover it was an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration of Dutch and Ethiopian knowledge institutes on issues of dairy breed improvement researches. The seminar gathered an eminent of speakers and scholars engaged in dairy breeding.


Over all the seminar was a success and is hoped to bring about various opportunities .

DairyBISS has successfully conducted its 2018 B2B (Business to business ) meeting on breeding.


On Thursday April 12,1018, B2B meeting was conducted at Getfam Hotel ,aimed at nurturing relationships between breeding service providers and breeding service recipients .

First there were various presentations on issues of breeding improvement services provisioned by government, development partners, and Dutch and local private AI provider companies .

Then match making was set to bring further relations of these various parties.


Match making meeting being  conducted

The main idea is being able to promote the private sector looking to new prospect and act upon for growing and untapped demands of breed improvement services in Ethiopia and to underline the interrelation of genetics improvement with other management aspects of dairy production in Ethiopia.

The meeting passed successfully with various members sharing   their thoughts and ideas on building a certain foundation for further relationship with the Dutch parties.

DairyBiss has successfully conducted its Field visit on breeding .

On Wednesday April 11th a visit was organized and successfully conducted  for Dutch Dairy businesses to visit the national insemination Center ,private AI services and  various private dairy farms around Debrezit and its surroundings first hand for gaining more information and insight and others information about breeding services and its prospects  in Ethiopia .

Various private and government owned breeding institutions were visited one of the better-known institutions which was NAIC (National Artificial Insemination Centre of Ethiopia), and experts discussed various issues.

The first visit was also at NAIC and started with a discussion on new plans and concerns and drawbacks that they were having.   Then visited the facilities and devices that were used in their work efforts including a first- hand viewing of professionals did their works. Then the Dutch visitors were showed records relating to previous breeding efforts.


Then multiple private farms were visited and each showed their individual structural preferences.

Overall the visit was a successful sharing and understanding of two different parties hoping to be in a sustainable collaboration.

Joint efforts to develop milk mapping tools for major milk shed in different areas of the country have begun.

On March 14, 2018, DairyBISS together with the Ministry of livestock and fishery in various regions of Ethiopia have started a meeting to help develop milk mapping tools for the major milk shed areas of the country and has successfully conducted the first meeting at the Ambassador hotel in Bole.

In a nutshell  the  total processing capacity of Dairy factories operating in Ethiopia is estimated to soon surpass 300 thousand ,considering this amount of investment flowing into the milk sheds in the country ,creating access to reliable information that assists potential investors to make right investment  decisions is very crucial.

Experts working on mapping viable clusters.

Meeting being conducted.


In regard  to this DairyBiss along with the Ministry of livestock and Fishery have started to develop milk mapping tools for the major milk sheds in various areas of the country.

Explanations being given.

Dairy production training and coaching program for farm owners and managers has begun.

On February the 27th DairyBiss-Ethiopia has begun its annual house training for farm owners /managers by the use of various contents and programs and has started and will continue to be conducted in Debre Zeit .

The program contains seven modules, with the first module focusing on dairy Housing which has been conducted successfully. The program is hoped to provide managers with more skills and practical knowledge on the dairy production. It had started and will ends form the 27th of February till the first of March, 2018.

  meeting being conducted

DairyBISS is offering free on-line courses for anyone interested in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Are you interested in Animal breeding and Genetics by also being guided by a specialized team of advisor’s ,then do we have a good news for you as DairyBISS has prepared a free on-line course on the subject for any interested party to join. If interested click here for more information and to be guided to the website.

DairyBiss had successfully conducted its second gender study workshop.


On the 14th & 15th  of December DairyBiss successfully conducted its second workshop focused on Gender study ,its main goals being to promote gender equality ,to find results it was conducted by the means of focus group discussions and also used data presentation and analysis at the ambassador hotel in Adiss Abeba.

The almost full day workshop program was conducted by Dr Hirut Haile, Abebe Tessema, Suzan v/d Linden ,a data analyst by the name of Gizaw Legese was there to give a presentation and  had participants of about thirteen DariyBiss advisors and  Mr. J.W.Nibbering from the Royal Dutch embassy also participated ,their main general  focus being on the development of Gender equality with in DairyBiss.


Work shop being conducted.

Explanation being given

Certificate being awarded to the advisors that contributed.

Certificate being awarded to the advisors that contributed.

There focus was on key ideas and goals such as –

-The evaluation which is mostly qualitative data and its collection process.

-Presentation of data, overall and per milk shed

-Validation of the data and what the data tell them.

-What are the gender focal points for the advisory work in DairyBiss?

-Which issues they need to be researched further?

-How to return study results to the involved farms, as they are the owners of this information?

The meeting lasted for two days and before its conclusion collected and displayed and dealt with many of the critical and important data with the help of the advisors and helpful suggestions and opinions were also shared by the participants, they also discussed important plans for the future. Finally they were given certificates for their efforts by Mr.J.W.Nibbering.

DairyBISS has successfully conducted its 4th Dairy Business Platform on breeding.

On the 19th of December 2017, DairyBISS has successfully conducted its 4th platform on breeding specifically on improving private AI service to commercial dairy farms, at the Ambassadors hotel in Addis Ababa.

The meeting aims to bring together stakeholders in Ethiopia dairy sector to discuss on improved dairy fertility management with specific focus commercial dairy farm and effective private AI services provision that is playing a vital role in fertility management and breeding in the country. The meeting was ended with an advice to government in dairy breeding strategy development as well as representatives of development partners including DairyBISS on best steps forward to support efforts for realization of improve breeding for dairy production in Ethiopia.

The platform involved over 30 participants including commercial dairy farms, private AI service provider companies, private AI technicians, government and development partners.

Three presentations were conducted, the first presentation which was made by  Dr. Dereje director of Ethiopia National Artificial Insemination Center is focused on  AI service provision from experiences. NAIC. He briefly explained challenges and opportunities in management on dairy farm. The second presentation was made by Dr. Emiru Zewede, CEO ALPPIS (Addis Livestock production and Productivity Improvement Service). He shared the experience of his company  challenges and opportunities in providing AI services for dairy farms. The third presentation was on experiences of commercial dairy farms by Wondriad Abraham Chair of commercial Dairy Producer Association tried to assess AI services and challenges and opportunities in building the future generation of dairy cows.

Meeting being conducted.

Meeting being conducted.

Explanation being given on the benefit of AI and Q&A session.

Explanation being given on the benefit of AI and Q&A session.


Following the presentation the Q&A session was going: the main issues are about quality of semen and its performance,   accessing services by the commercial farms which consider their needs and priorities, accessing information on AI, level of accountability by AI services providers, efficiency of AI Service provider and situation they operate


The platform shared and received various relates ideas and concepts and questions related to the topic from the participants and discussed certain solutions.  Further strategies and plans were also conducted before the conclusion of the meeting.

  • There is a need to support private AI technicians in regards to business development and technical issues that aims to address their limitation to deliver the AI service efficiently and effectively.
  • There is a need to engage in improving the genetic pool of the country that create an opportunity for commercial dairy farms to access quality semen and diversified genetic sources in the total characteristics index. Note currently the private sector have capacity to supply 50,000+ dose while NAIC supply 1,000,000+ dose.
  • There is need to set (PPP) public private partnership to attain the set goal of genetic improvement strategy
  • There is need to work on supporting the ministry on some specific details of breeding policy in its implementation phase.
  • Support to design business model which trigger private sector involvement through time and able to take over fully the responsibility of government in providing AI services to the public
  • Conduct sort of study and recommend business model how lead commercial farm or processing industry could provide embodied services which including AI for dairy farmers.

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