Importance of Small Ruminants

By Mulopi Joseph

Goats and sheep are small ruminants which are very important in the African society and their use can be divided into food security, economic use and cultural activities.

Goats provide a major source of protein in form of meat and milk.

Due to their small size, goats and are easily and conveniently slaughtered for home consumption. Goat’s milk is closer in composition to human milk than milk from the cow and therefore an excellent baby food. During periods of poor harvest goats can be exchanged for or sold in order to buy food, pay school fees and medical charges.

Goats and sheep form a major investment and contribute a big percentage of homes income and alleviate poverty.

Poor families invest their small savings in goats and these multiply fast and can be sold to generate cash to solve various home demands particularly when cash crops are not yet ready or may be exchanged or sold to acquire bigger assets such as cattle, dowry and  land.

Goats are frequently used as  gifts during  festivals in many communities  of Uganda.

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