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Table 1 Households’ livestock inventory and herd structures by species, age and sex

From: Livestock herd structures and dynamics in Garissa County, Kenya

  N a Min. Max. SD Mean % of total % of categories
Adult male camels 42 1 22 4.5 4.5 20.2 Ratio of males to females 1:3
Adult female camels 55 1 50 12.8 11.7 52.5
Camel male calves 26 1 13 2.4 2.7 12.1 All calves 27.3 % of camels
Camel female calves 34 1 16 3.1 3.4 15.2
Total camels and % in herd      22.3 10.5
Steers 5 1 6 2.0 2.8 3.9 Ratio of steers to other males 1:8; Ratio of reproductive males to reproductive females 1:2; Reproductive females 37.2 % of cattle All calves 13.8 % of cattle
Entire males >6 years 47 1 50 9.7 7.0 9.9
Entire males 3 to 6 years 51 1 30 7.5 7.5 10.6
Entire males 1 3 years 49 1 70 13.2 8.2 11.5
Cows >6 years 83 1 180 31.3 16.5 23.2
Cows 3 to 6 years 66 1 56 12.3 9.9 13.9
Female cattle 1 to 3 years 48 1 103 17 9.3 13.1
Male calves 47 1 46 7.3 4.5 6.3
Female calves 46 1 69 10.4 5.3 7.5
Total cattle and % in herd      71 33.4
Ewes 102 1 236 34.9 21.2 55.9 All lambs 24.8 % of sheep; ratio of rams to ewes 1:3
Rams 86 1 102 13.1 7.3 19.3
Lambs 95 1 126 15 9.4 24.8
Total sheep and % in herd      37.9 17.8
Does 137 1 350 60.0 50.1 63.1
Bucks 125 1 128 20.3 13.7 17.3 All kids 19.6 % of goats; ratio of bucks to does 1:4
Kids 130 1 113 15.7 15.6 19.6
Total goats and % in herd      79.4 37.3
Donkeys and % in herd 76 1 14 2.3 2.2 1
Total herd      212.8 100 %
  1. aN’ is the sub-sample size and differs between species and categories because such owning households are less than the sample size of 146. The numbers also reflect the frequency of ownership. Values in italics indicate the sub-totals of the categories above