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Table 4 Major feed resources as ranked by smallholder dairy farmers in Jimma town

From: Assessment of feed resources, feeding practices and coping strategies to feed scarcity by smallholder urban dairy producers in Jimma town, Ethiopia

Feed resources Ranked (no. of responses)
Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 (Rank) mean indexa
Grazing 9 1 (5) 0.070
Hay 2 9 35 2 (3) 0.198
Green feed 40 7 5 4 (1) 0.361
Concentrateb 3 36 9 (2) 0.256
Non-conventional feeds 2 4 48 (4) 0.115
Total 54 54 54 54 1.00
  1. Index = [(4 × number of responses for 1st rank + 3 × number of responses for 2nd rank + 2 × number of responses for 3rd rank + 1 × number of responses for 4th)] divided by (4 × total responses for 1st rank + 3 × total responses for 2nd rank + 2 × total responses for 3rd rank + 1 × total responses for 4th rank)
  2. aThe higher the rank for a given reason, the greater its importance
  3. bIncludes agro-industrial by products and commercial concentrate