Livestock Offtake

Offtake of beef.

Livestock off-take is the percentage of the herd that is removed through sales, deaths, gifts, home-slaughters or theft.This is an important measure of herd dynamics and therefore a means for estimating output from a pastoral production unit. Although non-commercial transactions contribute significantly to the total livestock off-take in a traditional pastoral household, commercial livestock off-take, i.e., animal units that leave the herd for cash sales, form the main form of pastoral off-take today.Commercial livestock off-take has increasingly become important with the breakdown of traditional drought coping strategies as pastoralism slowly evolves from solely subsistence to a commercial economy, and as the frequency and severity of droughts increase. Besides political insecurity, drought is the most detrimental disaster distressing African pastoralists.

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