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Table 3 Number of cattle and other animal species per type of owner

From: The implications of herd entrustment practice for the sustainable use of cattle genetic resources in the (agro)-pastoral systems of West Africa: A case study from Benin

  Overall (n = 211) Owner-managers (n = 121) Absentee-owners (n = 90) Mann-Whitney U test (p value)
Means ± SD
Cattle (n) 5.3 ± 4.12 4.8 ± 3.70 6.1 ± 4.53 0.040
Sheep (n) 3.1 ± 5.38 2.8 ± 5.26 3.5 ± 5.54 0.062
Goats (n) 3.6 ± 3.80 2.6 ± 3.18 4.9 ± 4.15 0.001
Pig (n) 1.5 ± 2.47 1.1 ± 1.70 2.2 ± 3.13 0.002
Total livestock (TLUa) 5.2 ± 3.56 4.6 ± 3.19 6.1 ± 3.83 0.001
  1. aTLU tropical livestock unit: standardized animal of 250 kg live weight; 1 cattle = 0.8 TLU; 1 pig = 0.2 TLU; 1 sheep/goat = 0.1 TLU