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Table 3 Livestock mortality in percentage, and the estimated loss in monetary value by livestock species

From: Mobility and livestock mortality in communally used pastoral areas: the impact of the 2005-2006 drought on livestock mortality in Maasailand

Site Class Total died % died CostKsh-000a Average Ksh per household US$ per household
Amboseli Cattle 2,158 32 32,370 323,700 4,465
  Sheep 1,665 27 2,498 24,975 345
  Goats 891 24 1,337 13,365 134
  Total    36,204 362,040 4,994
Kitengela Cattle 2,149 45 38,682 386,820 5,335
  Sheep 4,586 47 9,172 91,720 1265
  Goats 1,095 35 2,190 21,900 302
  Total    50,044 500,440 6,903
Mara Cattle 2,793 29 41,895 418,950 5,779
  Sheep 2,836 21 4,254 42,540 587
  Goats 559 22 839 8,385 118
  Total    46,988 469,875 6,481
Simanjiro Cattle 1,091 13 16,365 163,650 2,257
  Sheep 451 11 677 6,765 93
  Goats 895 23 1,343 13,425 185
  Total    18,384 183,840 2,536
  1. Livestock mortality (in absolute numbers) and as percent of initial numbers, the estimated loss in monetary value by livestock species per site-(for 100 households sampled). aAbsolute numbers for shoats multiplied by 2,000 for Kitengela and 18,000 for cattle. For all other sites, the total died is multiplied by 1,500 for shoats and 15,000 for cattle. The differences in prices among sites are based on general differences in weights for different livestock breeds.