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Table 6 Farmers perceived feed shortage, possible causes and coping strategies in the study area (%)

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

Variable Farm type
Small Medium Large Total P value
Do you experience feed shortage in the dry season, yes 33.3 31.5 33.3 98.1 0.361
Perceived causes of feed shortage in the dry season      0.207
 Shortage of land 24.1 16.7 14.8 55.6  
 Poor availability of feeds 9.3 16.7 18.4 44.4  
Adopted coping strategies to feed scarcity in the dry season      
 Increased use of concentrate feeds 27.8 29.6 29.6 87 0.849
 Purchase green feeds 5.6 1.9 7.4 14.8 0.358
 Increased use of hay 25.8 22.2 24.1 74.1 0.509
 Reduce herd size 0 1.9 1.9 3.8 0.595
 Use non-conventional feeds 18.9 18.9 11.3 49.1 0.387
 Feed shortage in the rainy season, yes 1.9 1.9 0 3.7 0.595
Causes of feed shortage in the rainy season      
 Water logging on natural grazing lands 1.9 1.9 0 3.7 0.595
 Coping strategies to feed scarcity in rainy season      
 Increased use of concentrates and hay 1.9 1.9 0 3.7 0.361