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Table 1 Summary statistics for mobile and sedentary herds

From: What to do with chronically sick animals? Pastoralists’ management strategies in the far north region of Cameroon

Measure Mobile Sedentary Overall average Unit 95% CI Statistical test p value
Herd size 58.8 41.3 49.6 Cattle 34.2 to 65.1 Mann-Whitney 0.0362
Chronically sick animals 0.60 2.27 1.48 Cattle 0.46 to 2.49 Mann-Whitney 0.0331
Calf morbidity 21.5 19.0 20.8 Percent 13.0 to 28.5 Chi square 0.9963
Mothers' morbidity 9.2 19.0 13.2 Percent 6.8 to 19.7 Chi square 0.2194
Mothers' age at first calving 4.53 4.96 4.5 Years (3 to 17)b Mann-Whitney 0.2537
Mothers' average age 7.3 7.88 7.5 Years (4 to 20)b Mann-Whitney 0.7714
Lifetime calves per mother 2.2 2 2 Calves (1 to 6)b Mann-Whitney 0.4568
Calf mortality 13.2 14.1 13.5 Percent 9.0 to 18.0 Chi square 0.3286
Observed abortions 0.03 0.03 0.03 Per cow/year 0.01 to 0.05 NA NA
Fertility ratea 26.2 13.4 20.6 Percent 3.3 to 37.9 t test, one-tailedc 0.0432
Brucellosis Prevalence 46.1 27.4 36.3 Percent 34.9 to 37.7 t test, two-tailed 0.4201
  1. aCalves < 6 months old/Total cattle in herd; brange rather than 95% CI; ca one-tailed test was used here because prior work suggested that mobile herds would have higher fertility rates than sedentary herds.