Skip to main content

Table 3 Mean rank score (ranks) of traits preferred by low-input farmers for breeding Nguni cows in small-scale and communal cattle enterprises

From: Preferential traits for breeding Nguni cattle in low-input in-situ conservation production systems

Trait Overall Small-scale enterprises Communal enterprises Significance
N = 41 N = 22 N = 19
Tick and Disease Resistance (TDR) 1.55 (1) 1.52 (1) 1.57 (1) NS
Reproductive Efficiency (RE) 2.02 (2) 2.29 (2) 1.76 (2) *
Body Condition Score (BCS) 3.14 (3) 3.14 (3) 3.14 (3) NS
Body Size and Conformation (BSC) 4.21 (4) 3.62 (4) 4.81 (5) *
Coat Colour (CC) 4.74 (5) 4.95 (5) 4.52 (4) NS
Milk Yield (MY) 5.31 (6) 5.43 (6) 5.19 (6) NS
  1. NB: The lower the rank (mean rank score) of a trait, the greater is its preference.
  2. Significance level (* = Significant (p < 0.05); NS Not Significant (p > 0.05)).