East Coast Fever (ECF) is a disease of cattle transmitted by ticks, which, together with tripanosomosi, is the leading cause of mortality in the twelve countries of the east, central and southern Africa, where it is present. For example, the ECF is present in 70% of the territory of Tanzania.
Its impact on the food security of pastoral peoples and small farmers (small dairy holders) is terrible. Just think about that mortality due to ECF in the pastoral sector can reach 80% in the first six months of the calf’s life. With this kind of breeds, if the calf dies the mother does not give more milk; try to imagine what can happen when the mortality rate reaches 80%. Leggi tutto