Front Cover
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 Chapter 1: Forming the group
 Chapter 2: Husbandry
 Chapter 3: Feeding
 Chapter 4: Veterinary care and...
 Chapter 5: How the group opera...
 Chapter 6: Training and record...
 Chapter 7: Productivity and...
 Chapter 8: Problems and soluti...
 Appendix 1: Contracts
 Appendix 2: Recording forms
 Back Cover

Group Title: The Development of village-based sheep production in West Africa : a success story involving women's groups
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Title Page
        Page i
        Page ii
        Page iii
        Page iv
    Table of Contents
        Page v
        Page vi
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Chapter 1: Forming the group
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Chapter 2: Husbandry
        Page 9
        Page 10
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    Chapter 3: Feeding
        Page 29
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        Page 31
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    Chapter 4: Veterinary care and breeding
        Page 39
        Page 40
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    Chapter 5: How the group operates
        Page 45
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        Page 48
        Page 49
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    Chapter 6: Training and records
        Page 51
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    Chapter 7: Productivity and economics
        Page 53
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    Chapter 8: Problems and solutions
        Page 60
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        Page 64
    Appendix 1: Contracts
        Page 65
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    Appendix 2: Recording forms
        Page 81
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    Back Cover
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Training manual for extension workers


A success story
involving women's groups

Rome 1988

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FAO 1988

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this
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the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
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The peoples of West Africa have traditionally depended on small scale
village based systems of animal production as a source of income
generation and money reserve. Additionally animal protein plays a
critical role in the nutrition of the peoples of West Africa. Lack of
resources coupled with trypanosomiasis challenge, so prevalent in the
region, have' dictated small scale livestock production based largely on
small ruminants and poultry. The traditional production system is a
nil-input uncontrolled management system in which in most cases, the
animals scavenge on whatever by-product or refuse feeds are available
in the villages. Herded or tethered grazing is largely in the control of
the village women and/or children. Production efficiency is normally
very low and characterized by very high levels of lamb and kid
mortality, very poor growth rates and fluctuating reproductive rates.
Against this background FAO/UNDP in conjunction with the
Government of Togo initiated in 1980 a pilot village based livestock
development project in the Kara region of North Togo. The project has
been very successful in tackling the major aspects that constrain
village based livestock production in North Togo. On the one hand, it
has clearly demonstrated that the introduction of simple animal
husbandry technologies can have a very marked effect on animal
production. Ewe productivity for example has been increased from 7 kg
to over 30 kg lamb per ewe per year and the project now embraces
more than 15,000 ewes and 350 farmers.
A key element in the success of the project has been the
development/extension strategy followed which not only emphasised
simple technologies and easy to understand training methods but also
focused on specific target groups.
Women's groups have played a big part in the focus and success of
the project. The purpose of this publication is to summarize and
highlight how the women's groups were formed, how they operated
and the direct benefits which accrued to them, in the improvement of
their livelihoods as a consequence of their participation in this
development programme. Clearly the manual must embrace technical
aspects of livestock production as well as the range of issues pertaining
to role and development of women's groups.
To facilitate more easy reading these separate themes are presented
in the text in different colour marked sections. This manual has been

produced jointly by the Human Resources, Institutions and Agrarian
Reform Division (ESH) and the Animal Production and Health Division
(AGA) in FAO: It is hoped that it will serve as an effective example of
how women's groups can be focused and guided in the development of
village based livestock production.

R. Moreno Rojas H. A. Jasiorowski
Director, ESH Director, AGA



Introduction 1

1. Forming the group 3
2. Husbandry 9
3. Feeding 29
4. Veterinary care and breeding 39
5. How the group operates 45
6. Training and records 51
7. Productivity and economics 53
8. Problems and solutions 60

Appendix I: Contracts 65
Appendix II: Recording forms 81

Bibliography 89


This publication on the role of women's groups in the development of
village based sheep production in West Africa summarises the
development approach, methods used and achievements realized in an
FAO/UNDP project in North Togo. On the one hand, it clearly identifies
the manner in which women's groups were formed, operated and
succeeded in developing worthwhile sheep production systems. The
manual also highlights the extension strategies and simple animal
husbandry techniques on which the project was successfully

Key Words
Sheep, goats, breeding, nutrition, management, humid tropics,
West Africa, women's groups, formation, training, extension.


In many traditional societies it is unacceptable for individual women to
own sheep. Yet sheep can provide women with a substantial and
much-needed income. The answer may be for a group of women to
jointly own and look after a flock of sheep. Women's groups for sheep
production are successfully operating in northern Togo, West Africa'.

This booklet is written for groups of women and extension workers
concerned with the development of sheep production in tropical
countries. It contains both technical and socio-economic information
about the establishment and operation of women's groups for sheep
production. Each section is written for two audiences. On coloured
paper, the main points are presented in a very simple form for village
women who have little reading ability. On white paper, more detail is
given for extension workers and other interested persons.

'Organised through the Project of North Togo (PNT), financed jointly by the Togolaise
Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-BIT TOG/78/009
and UNDP-FAO TOG/81/001). PNT initiated improved sheep husbandry by individual
men and groups of men in 1981. The first group of women started keeping sheep in
1983. At the time of the visit by the author in December 1986, there were a total of 274
sheep flocks in the project, of which seven belonged to groups of women.
The principal people responsible for the success PNT are Mr G. Van Vlaenderen, Mr
Yodoufai Noukoum and Mr Luc Vandeweerd.

1. Forming the group


To buy vegetables
To pay for medicines
To pay school expenses


Brewing beer


One woman cannot have sheep because
She has no money to buy sheep
Her husband disapproves

A group of women can have sheep because
The project will lend them money and tell them what to do
Their husbands are happy to see them earn money


To make a group, between 5 and 20 women get together. They
must all live near each other (see Fig. 1, p. 5).

A field officer from the project talks to the women about keeping


In traditional societies in northern Togo, women have certain
obligations to their families. They are expected to provide the
vegetables for the family diet, while the men are expected to provide
the meat or main dish. If insufficient vegetables are grown by the
family, the women must earn money to buy vegetables from the
market. Women also need money to pay for medicines for the family
and school equipment for the children.

Besides household duties of caring for children, carrying water,
preparing grain and cooking, the women are expected to weed and
harvest their husbands' fields and to do many of the tasks associated
with animal production. Women sell yams and other surplus
agricultural products, but this money must be given to their husbands.
They earn money to fulfill their own monetary obligations by
collecting wood, brewing millet beer and weaving cotton cloth. The
income they get in this way is equivalent to a wage rate of less than
IIS$ (.03 per hour2.

One of the main reasons why sheep production groups for women
were started in northern Togo was to enable the women to more easily
earn money for themselves. It would be socially unacceptable for
individual women to own sheep, but group ownership seems generally
approvable. The technology for semi-intensive sheep production in the
area had already been tried and tested with many individual men and
groups of men.

Some groups of women who start keeping sheep have previously been
a cooperative group with another function such as vegetable
production, sewing or learning to read. New groups may be formed by
women who live in neighboring houses and many of them are related
by birth or marriage.

'Financial information is given in US dollars. West African Francs were converted using
a rate of 300 CFA IISS 1.00.

FIG. 1

The village chief and other important people come to the

They decide where to build the shelter and night enclosure.

The women visit other sheep production groups.

SliThe \\ ome1 n N.ign Lontracts \1ith the project.

i 'he field ol'licer lriiing equipment and Lells the iomen ihow to
.build the ,he lter aind night enclosure isee Fig. 2. p. 7I.

i ii hli nd, tind s ns help the \, omen to build the fen ce'.

The sheep arrive. The \\(omen take it in turns to look after the
Sheep isee Fig. 3. p. 91.

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The number of women in a group depends on the number of women
who fall into the same kinship and geographical group. The larger the
group, the less frequently the women have to work with the sheep. On
the other hand, for a given flock size, the fewer women there are, the
higher the income per woman. The recommended maximum number
of members in a sheep production group is about twenty. Above this
number the group is too big for a feeling of togetherness. The average
size of the women's sheep production groups in northern Togo was ten

Women's groups for sheep production may be formed because the
women have seen another sheep production unit and want to do
likewise. Other groups start because sheep production is recommended
to them by the staff of a development project or other extension
worker. Whatever the reason why the women start sheep production,
it is essential that they are well-motivated, are prepared to work. They
must have a reasonable knowledge of both the problems they are likely
to face and the potential benefits otherwise they are likely to become
discouraged during the first two years when the financial rewards are

The establishment of a sheep production group takes several months
and includes:

-Meeting to discuss with the women the possibility of forming a
group to keep sheep;

-Meetings with influential people who will be involved (e.g village
chief, local officer of national extension service) to obtain approval;

-Meeting to give the women more information about the work
involved in keeping sheep and the benefits they would get:

-Visits of the women to other groups;

-Formal meeting to create the group: signing of contracts;

-Distribution of equipment, building of shelter, distribution of food

-Visits of the women to production units to exchange experiences
and see development;

FIG. 2

-Seminars for individuals with responsibility within the group, e.g.
president, secretary.


Women have little public influence in society in many tropical
countries. If a women's group is to succeed it needs the support of men.
For instance, if a group want to establish a forage plot to grow good
quality food for their sheep, they need a suitable area of land. Land is
allocated by men, so that unless there is a good relationship with these
men, the women will not be able to have a forage plot.

Each individual woman is subordinate to her husband or father, and
needs his approval before starting a new venture. This has not been a
problem in northern Togo. Husbands have been enthusiastic about
their wives looking after sheep because of the benefits this gives to the
family. In many cases husbands and sons have helped the women
construct the shelter and night enclosure for the sheep. If the flock is
formed by each woman bringing one or more ewes, the women need
money from their husbands to buy these animals.

The formation of a women's group will probably arouse suspicion in
the village leaders and more wealthy farmers. It is important that the
approval of these influential individuals is obtained, and that the aims
of the women and the benefits of communal sheep production are
explained to them. A symbol of membership such as a T-shirt gives
public recognition of the group and helps social acceptance. As
women's groups become established and successful, they increase in
status and strength, and the women become a powerful cohesive team.

The group of women find it easier to liaise with outside organizations
than they would as individuals. It may be socially unacceptable for a
male extension worker to talk alone with one woman, but if he meets
with a group of women there is little problem.


It is essential that the members of the groups know exactly what the
project will provide and what their own obligations are. This

FIG. 3

2. Husbandry


Sheep wandered about in the dry season (see Fig. 4, p. 11), so

Dogs chased them
People stole them
They were run over by cars and lorries
They ate other people's vegetables

In the rainy season the sheep were tethered, so they ate little
food, they got wet and cold.

The sheep house was dark and dirty (see Fig. 5, p. 11).

information is all specified and written down in the contracts.
Contracts for the initial equipment, annual services, selected rams and
breeding ewes can be found on page 65, 69, 73 and 77, respectively.
Even though many of the members of the groups may not be able to
read. they will be able to find someone who can read the contract for

Having a contract helps to prevent fraud. For instance, a group
might be tempted to kill the ram from the project for a feast, and then
tell the project that the ram had died. This is prevented by clauses
(Articles 9. 11 and 3) in the Ram contract which state that "The
Group must not sell, give away, lend or eat the selected rams without
the prior approval of the Project", "If a selected ram dies, the Group
must call in the animal production field assistant who will conduct a
post-mortem to identify the cause of death", and "The Group must pay
back to the Project the total sum of the present contract in the case of
theft, loss or death of the rams due to their negligence".

The natural vegetation of the land around Kara is savanna with forests
along the water courses. The average rainfall is about 1 100 mm per
year. The rainy season is from April to October and the dry season
from November to March.

The average area of land per family is 15 to 30 ha, but the area
cultivated is much less than this, only about 2 ha. The uncultivated
land is available for grazing by sheep and other animals. Land is
cultivated in rotation; a family may cultivate a field for one or several
years before allowing it to become fallow. Then a new area is cleared
and cultivated.

Before'the start of each rainy season, the village elders gather to
allocate areas of uncultivated land for the coming season. The
traditional crops are sorghum, millet, yams and beans. Cultivated fields
are usually not fenced.


Before the project began, some individual families kept sheep and
goats. For sheep, the average flock size (including lambs) was 10.

FIG. 4

FIG. 5

Therefore the animals were not healthy and did not produce
many good lamb's.


Every day the sheep gruae and a person looks alter them
Isee Fig. h. p. 1 3i.

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The flocks were kept in small dark mud-walled houses at night.
These houses had little ventilation and the door was too small to allow
a person to enter, so that the interior was damp and never cleaned.

In the dry season the sheep and goats were allowed to graze freely
over both the uncultivated land and the cultivated fields. In the rainy
season the animals were tethered to prevent them damaging the
growing crops. They were usually tethered under a thatched shelter
close to the house, and fed with grass and other material cut from the
savanna. The performance of the animals in the rainy season was very
poor as their food was of low quality and they were subject to
numerous diseases. Typically the weight of a ewe fell from about 22 kg
at the beginning of the rainy season to only 17 kg at the end. Lamb
mortality was more than 50%.


In the semi-intensive system of sheep and goat production advocated
by the project, the traditional methods of husbandry are greatly

-The animals graze with supervision during the day. At night they
are put in an enclosure and have free access to a well-ventilated
-The floor of the night enclosure and shelter is swept clean every
-Essential minerals are provided every day in the form of a salt
-Food supplements are given in the critical period at the end of the
wet season;
-Clean drinking water is provided every morning and evening;
-The whole flock is routinely vaccinated, sprayed against external
parasites and drenched against internal parasites;
-Ram lambs not required for breeding are castrated. In some flocks
mating is confined to certain seasons of the year, and rams selected
for high growth rate are used;
-In some groups forage is grown for supplementary feeding to the

Sheep are preferred to goats for this improved system because they
are much easier to shepherd. Also, economic analyses show that the

FIG. 6

* Their house is clean and airy
* They eat minerals
* They eat concentrate food when there is not much grass
* They drink clean water
* The extension officer provides medicines to make sure the
sheep are healthy
* Breeding is controlled
* Some groups grow food for their sheep (see Fig. 7, p. 15)

Therefore the sheep are healthy and produce many good lambs.


In the morning, look at all the sheep to see if any lambs have
been born during the night, and to check that no sheep are sick
(see Fig. 8, p. 15).


output of semi-intensive goat herds in West Africa is more variable
then the output of semi-intensive sheep flocks in the same area, so that
sheep are preferable because they are less risky. The breed of sheep is
the West African Dwarf, otherwise known as Fouta Djalon.


In the morning soon after sunrise, the women look at the sheep in the
night enclosure. Births are noted, and any sick animals are isolated for
inspection by the extension officer. The flock is taken out for grazing
and meanwhile the enclosure is swept and the dung put into the
manure pit. The food and water troughs are cleaned, and the mineral
block is replaced if necessary. Any sheep in isolation are given clean
water and food. Before leaving the enclosure, the gate is closed to
prevent animals entering it.

The sheep are allowed to graze on uncultivated land and on fields
after crops have been harvested. Care should be taken to make sure
that the sheep do not mingle with other flocks, that they do not go on
main roads and that they are not stolen or attacked by dogs or other
animals. When a new flock is established the animals are difficult to
shepherd because they have come from different sources and do not
flock together. But after a few days they recognize each other as
members of the same flock and stay together.

At midday the sheep are brought back into the night enclosure for
about two hours. After this, they again go out to graze until late
afternoon. It is important that the sheep graze for at least 8 hours
every day. Before the sheep come back into the enclosure for the night,
supplementary food is put into the food troughs and the water troughs
are filled.


In many parts of the tropics and sub-tropics, there is a dry season and
a rainy season. This may result in the ewes conceiving at only one
time of year so that the reproductive cycles of most of the ewes are
synchronised. On the other hand, the ewes may be able to conceive
and lamb in any month of the year although some months are more
favourable than others for growth, survival and conception.

FIG. 7

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In northern Togo, lambs are born in all seasons of the year. The
least favourable time is the later part of the rainy season and the
beginning of the dry season, i.e. from August to November. The
reasons for this are several. The arable fields which produce succulent
regrowth in the dry season are not available for grazing during the
rainy season so that the flock must graze only on the uncultivated
savanna. The nutritive value of grass in the savanna falls as it matures
and is very low by the middle of the rainy season. It is not possible at
this time of year to burn the grass to stimulate regrowth. In the rainy
season the high humidity helps diseases to spread easily, so this is the
worst time of year for the health of the animals. It is possible to
overcome many of the problems which occur between August and
November by giving the sheep supplementary food during this period.

There are two possible methods by which the breeding of the sheep
may be arranged: year-round mating and seasonal mating. These are
discussed more fully in the section entitled Veterinary care and
breeding (page 39). If seasonal mating is practised, the rams are
allowed access to the ewes only for certain periods, and this means
that the lambs are all born within a period of a few weeks. Seasonal
mating can make flock management much easier because the lambs
can be treated in batches for operations such as vaccination and


The night enclosure is located on well-drained firm ground. Stony
ground is suitable provided that the wooden posts for the fence and the
shelter can be put into the ground. For reasons of security as well as
convenience the enclosure is near the houses of the women.

The enclosure for a flock of 75 ewes should be 18 metres square. It
needs a gate which is about 2 metres wide, and a small pen with an
area of between 13 and 25 m' (i.e. about 4 or 5 metres square) in
which the animals can easily be handled and given treatments such as

The shelter is built in the middle of the enclosure. It must be big
enough to accommodate the whole flock when sheltering from the
rain. For 75 ewes. the shelter should be 9 m long and 5 m wide.




If there are any sick animals, put them in an enclosure on their
own and tell the field officer (Fig. 9).

One person takes the flock out to graze (Fig. 10).

The shelter has a stone or mud wall on three sides. This wall is
about 0.5 m high and protects the animals from rain and wind. Above
the wall there is an open space to ensure good ventilation. The roof is
made of grass thatch which is cheap and waterproof provided that it is
repaired when necessary. This type of structure was satisfactory in the
sub-humid climate of northern Togo. In wetter climates it may be
necessary for the floor of the shelter to be raised and slatted.

Fencing is used for the night enclosure and for the forage plot. The
women can make a fence out of local materials, but for speed,
efficiency and longevity the Project of North Togo encourages the use
of a wire fence. Either barbed wire or wire netting is suitable for the
forage plot. For the night enclosure only wire netting is used because
the sheep might hurt themselves on barbed wire. Both barbed wire and
wire netting are imported from Europe. The price of the double-strand
barbed wire is US$0.05 per metre giving a fence cost of about US$0.50
per metre, and the wire netting is US$26.00 per 50 m roll.

In Togo, locally-grown teak fence posts are used. These are each 1.2
m long. The posts are set in the ground at 2 m intervals. The women
themselves or their families cut the posts and dig the holes.

All flocks need food troughs and water troughs, and if there is a
forage plot a forage rack is also required. Both the food troughs and
water troughs are under the shelter. It is not necessary for all the sheep
to drink at one time, but it is important that the food troughs are long
enough so that all the sheep can get their heads in. If not, the biggest
or greediest animals get more than their fair share of food, while the
smaller, thinner or more timid animals do not get enough. Ewes need
about 30 cm trough space each. Because they stand at both sides of
the trough, this means that the allowance is 15 cm trough per ewe.
Rams with horns require more space. Calculations should also include
lambs which are old enough to eat solid food.

Groups are encouraged to construct a manure pit into which the
women put the dung from the night enclosure. This pit has an area of
about 2 m x 2 m, and is about 1 m deep. It is covered by a thatched
roof to keep out rain which would remove minerals from the manure
by leaching.

Manure is valuable as a fertilizer. Depending on what the sheep have
been eating, their manure contains about 2% nitrogen. 0.4%

FIG. 11


Another person cleans the water troughs and the food troughs,

and turns them on their sides (Fig. 11).

The dung on the floor of the night enclosure is swept up and put

into the manure pit. Later it will be used ua, Fertiliser iFig. 1 21.


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phosphorus and 1.7% potassium, as well as trace elements needed by
plants. The women can put the manure either on their forage plot, on
their communal vegetable plot or on their husbands' crops. In all
cases, the best time to spread manure is early in the rainy season.


Inadequate nutrition is one of the most serious factors limiting the
productivity of sheep in tropical and sub-tropical areas. This means
that there is a large increase in production if the feeding is improved.
In the Project of North Togo four aspects of feeding are given attention:

1. The animals graze for at least 8 hours every day. This is necessary
for the animals to have a sufficiently high food intake, and costs
nothing except a little extra work. The women encourage the
sheep to eat the better areas of savanna or succulent aftermaths
of crops.

2. The sheep are given mineral supplementation in the form of a salt
block. If the mineral intake of sheep is insufficient their
metabolism is reduced and their production is lower. Many areas
of the tropics are deficient in one or more minerals, and the
easiest method of rectifying this is to provide a block containing
all the essential minerals. The sheep are allowed to lick this block
every day. Because it contains a large proportion of salt, the sheep
consume only a small amount.

To keep the mineral block clean and to prevent waste, a string with
a piece of wood tied to one end is put through the block and hung from
the roof so that the block is suspended about 50 cm above the ground.

3. Energy and protein supplements are often called "concentrates".
Concentrates are expensive and therefore are given to the flock
only at times of special need. The cheapest concentrates are those
produced locally as crop by-products. Cottonseed is fed from
August to November at a rate of about 300 g/d per ewe in
northern Togo. In other areas different supplements may be
available depending on the local agriculture. Possibilities include
rice bran, palm kernel, brewer's grains, soyabean curd, pineapple
waste, etc. Concentrates which could be consumed by humans or

FIG. 13


The gate of
(Fig. 13).

the night enclosure is closed to keep out animals

The sheep graze until midday, then spend two hours in the night
enclosure. Then they graze again until the evening (Fig. 14).

non-ruminant animals (pigs and poultry) are almost never cheap
enough to be fed to sheep. The nutritive value of some useful
concentrates are given in table 3.1. Concentrates are fed in
troughs under the shelter when the sheep return in the evening.

4. Cultivated forages usually have a nutritive value much higher
than the plants in the uncultivated savanna. In particular,
legumes have a high protein content. The Project of North Togo
advocates the integrated cultivation of leucaena (Leucaena
leucocephala), pigeon peas (Cajanus cajan) and maize (Zea mays).
Cultivated forages are fed to the sheep in forage racks and
otherwise used in a similar way to concentrates. They are
especially useful in areas where concentrates are not available or
are too expensive.

TABLE 3.1. Nutritive value of some potential supplements
Supplement MJ/kg DM %

Brewers' grains 11 23 65
Cassava leaves 10 23 60
Cottonseed (undecorticated) 13 20 57
Groundnut cake decorticatedd) 15 50 70
Groundnut haulm 8 15
Molasses 12 5 78
Palm kernel meal 18
Pigeon pea (pre-bloom) 9 16 55
Pineapple waste 9 3 70
Poultry manure 10 25
Rice bran 11 12
Soyabean meal 12 50 79
Maize' 14 10 87

'Given for comparison


Groups which have successfully established a sheep production unit
are encouraged to establish a forage plot. In this plot they grow high
quality food which is given to the sheep in the evening, instead of


FIG. 15


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III thle evening before ihe shLep return. fil uIp the it water troughs

Sand put the concentrate in the lood troutghs IFig. 1 5 .

.\1 dusk shIu the sheep in the nighr enclosure iFig. 16(. :.

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The plot is located near the night enclosure on an area of land with
a well-drained, fertile soil (not too sandy or stony). The recommended
size of the plot is a rectangle 12 m x 13 m. A plot this size has a
perimeter of 50 m which is a convenient length for the fence as wire
netting comes in 50 m rolls. The area of this plot is 156 m2. As the
sheep production proceeds and flock size increases, the forage plot can
be enlarged by adding plots equal in area to the original plot.
In the first year a plot is sown with a mixture ofleucaena, pigeon
peas and maize. The pigeon pea plants grow rapidly and provide forage
in the first year. Also, once the seeds are ripe they can be used for
human food. The maize cobs are eaten by humans and the leaves by
sheep. Leucaena makes an excellent fodder at the end of the rainy
season. It has a high productivity, a good nutritive value, and it
continues to grow as a bush.

In the second year of production, the forage plot contains leucaena
and pigeon peas. In the third and subsequent years, the plot contains
only leucaena.

One of the first tasks in establishing a forage plot is to spread
manure. For the 156 m2 plot, it is recommended that 75 kg farmyard
manure is spread and dug into the soil as the rains begin. If farmyard
manure is not available it can be replaced by 3.5 kg 15:15:15 artificial

Maize should be sown in rows 1 m apart, and each seed within the
row should be 40 cm apart and 3 cm deep. The leucaena is sown in
the same rows as the maize; two leucaena seeds are sown together
half-way between each maize seed.

It is important to break the dormancy of the leucaena seeds before
they are sown by pouring boiling water on the seeds and leaving them
in the water for a whole day. Rows of pigeon peas are sown between
the rows of maize and leucaena. Two peas are sown every 40 cm at a
depth of 3 cm.
The forage plot must be fenced to prevent the young plants being
eaten by sheep and other animals. A temporary fence is constructed
around the plot, and this fence is moved each year to the new plot.
After one year the maize has been harvested and the pigeon peas and
leucaena are sufficiently tall for the growing points to be out of reach
of the sheep.

FIG. 17

1. Fence post
2. Straining post
3. Stays I
4. Shelter aI
5. Small pen
6. Gate a r '

FIG. 18
Look at the sheep to make sure they are all present, that they
are all eating the concentrate, and that none are sick (Fig. 17).


Build the night enclosure in a well-drained place near your
houses (Fig. 18).

Next to the gate in the enclosure, build a small pen about 4 or 5
metres square.

The forage plot must be weeded 15 days after it is planted. Once the
weeding is done, the leucaena and pigeon peas are thinned to leave
only one plant in each place.

The maize cobs are harvested a little before they are mature, while
the grains are still pasty. At this stage the cobs are ideal for grilling,
and while the leaves of the maize plants are still green the whole plant
(both leaves and stem) makes an excellent forage for animals.

When the pigeon pea plants reach a height of 1 m they are cut back
to height of 30 cm, and the branches fed to the sheep. Then after they
have grown again to 1.1 m they are cut again, this time to 50 cm. The
plants are allowed to grow again and to flower and produce seeds.
When the seeds are mature they are harvested for human
consumption, and the plants are cut to a height of 70 cm.

Provided that the leucaena has reached a height of 1.5 m, it can be
cut a little in the first year. In the following years the leucaena is cut in
rotation every two months in the rainy season, but not in the dry
season. It should be cut to a height of 1.5 m so that the new succulent
branches are out of range of the sheep.


Veterinary care for the sheep is organised by the project and is
included in the contract for services. The routine measures include
drenching against internal parasites, spraying against external
parasites, vaccination against pasteurellosis and PPR, castration of
male lambs and trimming overgrown hooves. The groups pay at a
subsidise.d rate for the medicines needed for these routine measures.
Unforseen curative treatments, such as the treatment of wounds or
sporadic diseases, are also provided.

Internal parasites include roundworms, tapeworms, lungworms,
liverfluke and coccidia. If not treated, these parasites cause poor
performance and mortality particularly in young animals.

All these internal parsites except coccidia are killed by treating the
sheep with anthelmintic. Lambs aged 8 months or less are treated four
times a year, in the rainy season and the beginning of the dry season

Build the shelter in the middle of the enclosure. It should be
about 9 m long and 5 m wide (Fig. 19).

The fence around the night enclosure is made of wire netting.

The fence around the forage plot is either wire netting or
barbed wire.

Fences need posts at 2 m intervals. Each post is 2 m long.

Your sheep need water troughs, food troughs and, if you cut
forage for them, they also need a forage rack.

Dig a manure pit not far from the gate to the night enclosure.

The pit is about 2 m square and 1 m deep. Build a thatch roof
over the pit to keep it dry.

Spread the manure on your crops at the beginning of the rainy
season (Fig. 20, p. 29).

(in May, July, September and November). Older sheep aged more than
8 months are treated only once, at the beginning of the dry season (in

The anthelmintic used in northern Togo is either albendazole (sold
as "Valbazen") or fenbendazole (sold as "Panacur"). Both these
anthelmintics are applied orally as a drench and control
gastrointestinal roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms. In addition
albendazole controls liver fluke. There are many other anthelmintics
commercially available which control internal parasites. Some are
applied by drenching, some in a capsule which must be swallowed,
some by injection, and some by pouring a liquid onto the animal's

Coccidiosis causes deaths in young lambs but seldom affects older
sheep. Lambs aged up to 8 months are treated in May, July, September
and November with sulphamezathine or other drugs which kill

The most serious external parasites are ticks, mites and certain flies.
Adult ticks feed on the blood of sheep and transmit diseases as well as
causing trauma with their bites. Mites are very small parasites which
feed on the skin surface and in some cases burrow beneath the skin.
Mites cause a disease called mange which is usually more serious in
goats than sheep, although head mange is a common problem in
sheep. Some flies lay their eggs in sheep, particularly in wounds. These
eggs hatch into maggots which eat the flesh causing considerable pain
and irritation.

The seriousness of external parasites depends on whether or not the
flock is isolated from other sheep, goats and cattle. If the flock never
mixes with other animals, the sheep are sprayed with insecticide once
each month in the rainy season (April to November) but spraying is
not necessary in the dry season. If the flock is not isolated, the sheep
are sprayed with insecticide twice each month in the rainy season
(April to October) and once each month in the dry season (November
to March). If a sheep already has mange, spraying is not sufficient, and
the animal must be srubbed with insecticide.

A knapsack sprayer is convenient for spraying a small flock. The
sheep are enclosed in a small pen. The operator stands in the middle of
the sheep and turns slowly round spraying all the sheep from above,



3. Feeding

For sheep to be healthy and produce good lambs, they must be

Sheep must graze for at least 8 hours each day
(Fig. 21, p. 31).
There must always be a mineral block in the night
enclosure for the sheep to lick (Fig. 22, p. 31).
Sheep need concentrates when there is not much grass.
Some groups grow forage for their sheep.


The forage plot is near the night enclosure, and has good soil.

There is a fence round the forage plot to keep out animals
(Fig. 23, p. 33).

and making sure that their heads are wetted as well as their bodies.
Then the operator lowers his spray nozzle and wets the underneath of
each animal.

The sheep are routinely vaccinated against PPR, otherwise known
as peste des petits ruminants or kata. This is a disease similar to
rinderpest but is found only in sheep and goats. All animals aged one
month or more are vaccinated every six months (in June and
December). New flocks are vaccinated on arrival. Later additions to the
flock are vaccinated before they are allowed to mix with the other

Many diseases can be prevented by good management. Cleanliness
of the night enclosure is important. Every morning the ground is swept
and the food and water troughs are cleaned. When the sheep are
grazing they are not allowed to mix with other animals. Neither other
animals nor people who work with other flocks are allowed into the
night enclosure. All sick sheep are isolated, conveniently in an old
sheep house. Any new animals joining the flock must be quarantined
for one month. The new sheep are shut in an enclosure or animal
house not close to the night enclosure, and are given food and water
by a person who has no contact with the main flock. The new animals
are deticked, drenched and vaccinated. If after one month the new
animals are healthy they are allowed to join the flock.

If the hoofs of sheep become overgrown foot-rot may develop,
particularly in the rainy season. Sheep which are lame with foot-rot
are unwilling to walk far while grazing, so they lose body condition
and are unproductive. To prevent these problems, overgrown hoofs
should be trimmed before the start of the rainy season using either foot
shears or a sharp knife.

By the veterinary measures discussed above the productivity of the
flock is greatly increased. For instance, lamb mortality is about 50% in
traditionally managed flocks with no veterinary care, but only about
12% in the flocks within the Project of North Togo.


The number of rams needed by a flock depends on the size of the flock.
The ewe:ram ratio should not exceed 30:1. This means that for flocks

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FIG. 21

-FIG. 22

FIG. 22

of up to 30 ewes only one ram is needed. If there are 31-60 ewes there
should be two rams, and if there are 61-90 ewes there should be three

The duration of the oestrous cycle in the ewe is about 17 days,
which means that non-pregnant cycling ewes come into heat every 17
days. The duration of pregnancy is about 150 days. After a ewe has
lambed she does not return to heat for about one month, so that the
shortest possible interval between lambings is 6 months. In practice
the lambing interval in the sub-humid tropics is usually between 7 and
10 months.

In traditional sheep production systems there is often unintentional
selection for low growth rate because the fastest growing male lambs
are the first to be killed or sold. The rams which remain in the flock
and sire the future generations are small and have poor growth rates.

Selection for improved growth rate is not difficult. The staff of the
Project of North Togo buy the best male lambs from the flocks in the
project. In order to identify the fastest growth rates it is necessary for
each lamb to be identified (usually with an ear tag) and for its date of
birth and weight at different ages to be recorded. The groups are
encouraged to sell their best three-month-old lambs to the project by a
favourable selling price and by including this sale as an obligatory part
of the ram contract (page 73).

These selected male lambs are kept by the project until they are
distributed to the flocks at an age of almost 18 months. The ram
contract states that for a flock to receive selected rams, all other males
in the flock shall be castrated. The rams are always distributed to flocks
distant from their flock of origin so that inbreeding is avoided.

Male lambs which will not be required for breeding are castrated. In
the Project of North Togo the lambs are castrated at an age of 3
months using a bloodless castrator (known as "Burdizzo"). This
method requires two people -one to hold the lamb and one to operate
the castrator. The operator feels the spermatic cords in the scrotum. He
places the castrator to nip one cord and holds it for 10 to 15 seconds.
Then he does the same with the other cord. To make absolutely sure
the lamb will not be fertile, each cord is nipped again.

An alternative method of castration is to use rubber rings. This

1. Night enclosure
2. Fence
3. Forage plot
4. Future forage plots

FIG. 23

method must be used within two days of birth. The operator uses a
special applicator to put a ring over the testes, making sure that both
testicles are in the scrotum. The rubber ring cuts off the blood supply to
the scrotum which eventually falls off. Unfortunately this method can
cause skin wounds which easily become infected with tetanus or
colonised by maggots. Another disadvantage is that because rubber
rings must be used soon after birth, ram lambs cannot be selected for
breeding on the basis of their own growth rate.

Where the groups practise uncontrolled mating they buy rams from
the project and pay back over two years. In order to prevent
father-daughter matings in the flocks, the groups are allowed to keep
the selected rams for only two years. After that period these rams are
sold or killed and the group buys new rams from the project.

In flocks with seasonal breeding the duration of the mating period is
six weeks. The appropriate number of rams is put with the flock at the
beginning of the mating period. After three weeks these rams are
withdrawn and replaced by the same number of different rams. This
change is particularly important if there is only one ram with the
ewes, because if this ram is infertile none of the ewes would become

In these seasonally breeding flocks the rams are borrowed not
bought from the project. In return for the loan of selected rams, the
groups agree to sell their best lambs to the project.


Each group elects officers who carry out duties on behalf of the group.
These officers are a president, a secretary and possibly a treasurer. The
group can hold a semi-formal ballot to decide the officers.
Alternatively, the subject can be discussed until a consensus is
reached. Discussion seems a more natural method than a ballot for
most groups.

The president is responsible for the general organisation of the
group, and she represents the group in their dealings with the project
and others. The woman chosen as president will probably be a
respected maternal figure. It does not matter if she is illiterate.

FIG. 24

In the first year, leucaena, pigeon peas and maize are sown in
the forage plot (Fig. 24).

The maize cobs are harvested early while the grains are still
pasty, so that the leaves and stems are good food for sheep.

The pigeon pea plants are cut back twice before they produce
seeds, and the branches are fed to the sheep. Pigeon peas plants
grow for two years, so the branches are cut for two years.

The leucaena is cut only a little in the first year. Then it is cut
at a height of 1.5 m for many years.

Each year a new forage plot is made. Only one fence is needed.
This is put around the new forage plot. The older plots do not
need a fence because the pigeon peas and leucaena are too tall
for sheep and goats to reach. (If there were a lot of cattle,
buffaloes or large game animals, a fence would be needed.)
(Fig. 25, p. 37)

The secretary must be able to read and write the national language.
If none of the women in the group are literate another person must be
brought into the group to act as secretary. There were two groups in
northern Togo where the secretary was not a full member of the
group: one secretary was a teenage son of one of the members and the
other was a young woman from a neighboring village.

The treasurer keeps a written record of all the monetary
transactions of the group, and looks after any money belonging to the
group. Some groups operate without a treasurer because the secretary
looks after the finances.


The women have a rota for the routine work with the flock. This rota
is usually not written down, but has been discussed by the whole
group so they all know what their duties are. A typical rota would be
for a different two women to work each day. In the morning they both
go to the night enclosure and look at the sheep. One woman takes out
the flock for grazing. The other empties and cleans the water and food
troughs, sweeps the ground, cuts browse and does any other necessary
tasks such as replacing the mineral block. She then joins her
companion shepherding the flock. Both women stay with the sheep
until midday when they bring them back to the night enclosure. After
a period with their families, the women take the flock out again until
late afternoon.

Women often prefer to work in pairs rather than alone. If the total
number of women in the group is an odd number, the rota includes
one trio as well as the pairs. They say working in pairs prevents them
being lonely, and it is necessary where it is not socially acceptable for
women to go out alone. The women can take a baby or young child
with them while they are shepherding the flock. The other household
duties of the village women include fetching water and cooking. On
the days when the women shepherd the flock they can do only a
limited amount of this work, and some of their duties must be done by
other female members of the family.

In some groups, two women work with the sheep for a whole week,
then another two take over. In other groups, the whole group meets
every morning to clean the night enclosure.



1. Night enclosure
2. First plot (only leucaena)
3. Second plot (leucaena and pigeon peas)
4. New plot
5. Fence

I" Leucaena,
pigeon peas
nd maize


In one group the shepherding was always done by four children.
These were between eight and twelve years old, and each was the son
of one of the women.

There is a potential conflict between education and shepherding. In
the village where the children looked after the sheep there was said to
be no conflict because even if there was no project the children would
not have gone to school; before the sheep production group started
they did not go to school.


There are two possible ways in which the animals are owned. Either
the animals belong to the group as a whole, or each individual woman
owns individual sheep within the flock.

If the sheep initially come from the project or some other external
source, they will be owned jointly by all the members of the group. In
this case the women jointly make decisions about management and

If, when the group is formed, the women each contribute sheep, it is
likely that they will retain individual ownership of these sheep and
their offspring. In this case, the women jointly make decisions about
management, but selling animals or removal of animals from the flock
for other purposes may be an individual decision. Individual ownership
is beneficial in that it stimulates the interest of the women in the flock.

Problems can arise from individual ownership of sheep within a
group. The group collectively pays the project for services
(supplementary feeding and veterinary costs). If an individual
withdraws some or all of her sheep from the flock for whatever reason
(e.g. she marries and leaves the area), then she must pay the group for
the services her animals have received. Unless this is pointed out at the
formation of the group it can cause problems later. The group must
decide how many animals they need to sell each year to repay their
contracts (initial, services and ram contracts) and whose animals they
will sell for this purpose.

Because so many problems can arise from individual ownership of
sheep, it is strongly recommended that new groups have joint
ownership of all the sheep in their flocks.

4. Veterinary care
and breeding
Sheep are drenched to kill worms and other internal parasites
(Fig. 26).
Sheep are sprayed to kill ticks, mites and flies (Fig. 27).

FIG. 27 FIG.26


Whether the animals are jointly owned by the group or are owned by
individual women, the members of the group must collectively decide
on the selling policy, i.e. when, where and to whom to sell sheep, and
which ones. Sheep have to be sold to repay the contracts with the
project. They may also be sold to fulfil the financial needs of the
members of the group, and slaughtered for home consumption usually
at festival times. When a group is newly formed, all the male lambs are
sold to repay the project according to the contract. But as the flock
becomes larger, there is more opportunity for home consumption and
selling for financial gain.

Throughout the tropics there is a high demand for sheep meat. In
northern Togo the price is about $1.25 per kg liveweight for most of
the year, except for the the month before the Islamic festival of
Tabasky when it is even higher. The women sell their lambs when
they are aged between six months and one year. The sales either take
place in the local market or traders come to the village. These traders
may resell the lambs locally or transport them to the coast. Another
possibility is to sell the lambs to a farmer who operates a finishing unit
where the lambs are given a good diet so that they gain weight rapidly
and develop a superior carcass quality.


New groups of sheep producers need considerable technical advice and
financial support. In most tropical countries, government extension
services aimed at sheep production are minimal, and it is probably
easier for new projects to provide the support services through their
own field officers rather than rely on the state services.

Good communication between the project and the groups of women
is essential. The field officers are the people who most frequently visit
the groups, but it is important that the other more senior and specialist
members of the project also take an active interest in the groups and
are seen to do so.

The field officers travel to the villages on motorcycles. When a new
group is formed, a field officer visits frequently to help with the

Sheep are vaccinated to prevent PPR (Fig.28).

Every morning the floor of the night enclosure is swept, and the
food and water troughs cleaned (Fig. 29).

Hoofs are trimmed at the beginning of the rainy season (Fig. 30).

FIG. 28

FIG. 30

FIG. 29

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construction of the enclosure and shelter. When the animals arrive the
field officer will probably visit the group daily to make sure they are
looking after the animals properly.

Once the flock is established, the field officer visits the group
regularly every two weeks. Besides giving advice and support, he or
she completes a "visit form" (page 87). On this form there are 10
columns each corresponding to one aspect of management. The officer
inspects each of these aspects of management. If it is satisfactory, he or
she records a 1 in the appropriate box. If not he or she puts a 0. In the
example on page 87, the group has done everything correctly except
that they have not provided a mineral block. The total score for the
visit (9 in this example) is recorded in the right-hand column. Then,
after ten visits, the grand total is put in the bottom right-hand box.
This total can be compared with the totals for other groups. In this
way the women are given an indication of their success. In the early
stages of production before there is much financial reward this method
of assessment gives a feeling of achievement.

If an animal is sick when the field officer makes his regular visit, of if
the women notice a sick animal at another time and contact the
project, the veterinary officer is called in.

Most of the women in sheep production groups have not previously
kept sheep, so they need to learn about basic sheep management. Even
those who are familiar with traditional sheep production systems need
to be told about the improved, semi-intensive system. There are several
ways in which this is done:

1. Informal discussion between the project staff and the women.
Typically the women might suggest to the field officer that it
doesn't matter if the sheep are grazed for only a few hours each
day instead of the recommended 8 hours. The field officer should
then explain again the importance of good feeding, and in
particular an adequate grazing period.

2. Meetings between the staff of the project and the groups of
women. This is a method widely used for new groups to tell them
how to look after their sheep.

One ram is needed for every 30 ewes.

The project staff select the fastest-growing ram lambs and the
farmers use these for breeding.

Male lambs not needed for breeding are castrated (Fig. 31).

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FIG. 31

3. Visits of one group to another, i.e. learning by example. This
method gives the women the most clear picture of how they
should look after sheep. It is strongly recommended that all new
groups visit an established group. If this is not possible, they
should visit an established individual producer or an experimental

4. Field days when several groups of women meet together. In
northern Togo highly successful field days are held and prizes
given out to those groups which achieve the highest scores in the
management assessment ("visit forms"). The particularly good
production groups can then pass on helpful hints to the others.

5. Courses of one or more days for certain members of groups, e.g.
presidents or secretaries, to enable them to do their jobs more
effectively. These courses (and also field days) should be arranged
during the dry season when the women do not have to work in
the fields.

6. In northern Togo each group has a production notebook which
contains "visit form" and some simple written information and
diagrams about sheep. This book remains with the group so that
it is available for people to look at.

7. Diagrams drawn large and clearly, for use in meetings with the

8. A videotape showing aspects of production is a novelty to most
villagers and will certainly stimulate interest. Probably a
videotape should be used only once groups are well-established. If
used too early the women may expect magical outputs from their


The written records are the responsibility of the secretary and
treasurer. The flock diary and the production notebook are kept in the
sheep shelter so they are available for anyone to read even if the
secretary is not present. They are usually wrapped in a plastic bag and
placed in the roof. The inventory of concentrate food and mineral


5. How the group operates

Each group chooses
a president who organises the group
a secretary who keeps the flock records; and
a treasurer who looks after the money and keeps accounts
(Fig. 32).

FIG. 32

blocks and the financial accounts are kept by the secretary and
treasurer in their houses.

1. Flock diary. In this book all animals which are born, purchased,
die, sold, eaten and lost are recorded, as shown on page 86. It is
filled in each time animals enter or leave the flock. By looking at
the flock diary the members of the group or the project staff can
see how many animals there are in the flock, how many animals
have been sold, and can calculate lambing rate or mortality rate.

2. In the inventory of supplementary food and mineral blocks the
secretary records the delivery of the concentrate food (cottonseed)
and the mineral blocks to the project store, and their removal for
consumption by the flock (page 82). This inventory shows the
group when they must request more deliveries and shows the
total used each year.

3. Financial accounts record every monetary transaction of the
group (page 84).

4. Production notebook. This book contains diverse information
about the flock and is filled in by the staff of the project. The first
twelve pages are visit forms (page 87). The field officer checks the
standard of management and fills in one line of the visit form on
each of his fortnightly visits.

There are five pages of livestock inventory (page 81). This is where
the basic details of individual animals (identification number, sex,
breed, owner, presence each year, etc) are recorded. When the field
officer gives a new animal an identification number, he records the
details of the animal here.

There is a calendar of production for seasonally breeding flocks
(page 85). The top line is the same for all years and shows when the
flock must be sprayed against ticks. Beneath this there are seven empty
rows. Each year the field officer glues in the schedule for breeding
showing the times the rams will be with the ewes, the lambing season,
and the times for castration, vaccination and other tasks.

The production notebook also contains several pages of simple
information relating to the management of the flock, veterinary care
etc, such as the coloured pages of this booklet and page 26. These

Each day two women look after the sheep.

All the sheep jointly belong to the group of women, not to
individual women.

The whole group of women decide when to sell or slaughter
lambs and what to do with the money (Fig. 33)


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pages should be modified according to the local conditions and
management system.


Before a new technology is put forward to groups of women or other
farmers, it must be tested over a period of years. A successful system
must be productive. The productivity or output of the system is
measured by the lambing rate of ewes, growth rate of lambs, and
mortality rates of lambs and adults.

The figures for the productivity of semi-intensive flocks in northern
Togo given below show how productivity is calculated. These values
can be used as a standard against which the productivity of other
flocks is compared.

Lambing rate = number of lambs born per ewe, per year = 1.58
In northern Togo most ewes have single lambs (not twins), and the
lambing interval is about eight months.

Mortality rate of lambs = number of lambs which die divided by total
number of lambs born = 0.12.

Weaning rate = number of lambs surviving to weaning per ewe, per
year = lambing rate x (1 mortality rate) = 1.58 x (1-0.12) =

Mortality rate of adults = number of ewes and rams which die, divided
by total number of ewes and rams in flock = 0.08.

Culling rate of ewes = number of old ewes removed from the flock,
divided by total number of ewes in flock = 0.12.

Weight of lambs at weaning (3 months) = 12 kg.

Weight of ewes = 22 kg.

Offtake = number of animals removed from the flock for productive
purposes per year, divided by the number of adult animals in the

The Held officer from the project regularly visits the group:
-To check that the women are looking after the sheep
-To look at the flock records; and
-To sort out any problems (Fig. 34)

FIG. 34



FIG. 34

41J r


flock = [1.58 x (1-0.12)] 0.08 0.12 = 1.3. It is assumed for
the purposes of this calculation that flock size is constant.

Productivity index = weight of lamb weaned divided by ewe weight, per
year = 1.58 x (1-0.12) x 12/22 = 0.75.

It is common for many of the above measures of productivity which
include the word "rate", and also offtake, to be expressed as
percentages. These percentages are easy to calculate; simply multiply
the appropriate rate by 100. For example, if the lambing rate is 1.58,
the lambing percentage is 158%.

The values given above were obtained in semi-intensive systems in
the sub-humid zone of West Africa. The productivity of flocks with
unimproved management or those in less favourable areas is bound to
be lower. For traditional systems in West Africa the productivity index
is usually between 0.4 and 0.5.


The initial analysis is based on the assumption that the flock has
reached its final size of 75 ewes.


The total value of animals sold per year is about $2 535.09
calculated as follows:

Animals sold Number Weight Price Value
kg $S/kg $
Male lambs 52 22 1.25 1430.00
Female lambs 37 20 1.25 925.00
Culled ewes 9 23 0.87 180.09

Running costs (calculated per ewe in the flock)

6. Training and records

The field officer from the project shows the women how to look
after their sheep.

The women visit other groups of sheep producers.

The president and secretary go on a training course.

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FIG. 35

Cost ($)

Veterinary products (75 ewes x $1.25/ewe)
Mineral blocks (75 ewes x 2 kg/ewe x $0.435/kg)
Food supplements (75 ewes x 36 kg/ewe x $0.033/kg)
Maintenance of equipment


Net return (i.e. animals sold running costs) = 2 535.09
$ 2 186.09, or $ 29 per ewe.


Ewes (75 x$ 30)

six food troughs
three water troughs
forage rack

Total equipment


Rate of return on capital invested

$2 186.09/$2 521.00 = 87%

This is a very favourable rate of return. The above analysis has
not considered the cost of labour. If labour is included in the
analysis, then

Labour cost = 2 x 365 days per year at $ 1.00 per day
= $ 730.00.

Profit = 2 186.09-730.00 = $1 456.09

and rate of return = 1 456.09/2 521.00 = 58%.



- 349.00 =

Cost ($)




2 521.00


The secretary writes in the Flock Diary every time an animal is
born, bought, dies, is eaten or lost (Fig. 35, p.51).

The secretary keeps a record of supplementary food and
mineral blocks.

The treasurer records every monetary transaction of the

The field officer visits the group every two weeks. He checks
that the management of the flock is good, and records it on
the visit form.

7. Productivity and


A flock of 75 ewes usually produce each year:

52 male lambs worth $1430
37 female lambs worth $ 925
9 cull ewes worth $ 180

Total sales = $2535

The costs for a flock of 75 ewes are:

Veterinary products $ 94
Mineral blocks $ 65
Food supplements $ 90
Maintenance of equipment $ 100

Total costs = $ 349
Profit = sales costs


The women's groups each start with a small number of ewes and build
up to a larger flock. The suggested maximum is 75 ewes. This increase
is possible provided that the number of female lambs weaned is greater
than the number of ewes which die or are culled. The most reliable
way to find out how rapidly flock size will increase is to write down
when the ewes are expected to lamb and when their female offspring
will give birth.

Table 8.1 shows this method used with the productivity data given
on page 56 and assuming that all female lambs are kept in the flock.
In this case the number of ewes is 30 in the first year, 37 in the second
year, 40 in the third year, 56 in the fourth year, 74 in the 5th year,
and only in the 6th year of production is the target of 75 ewes reached.

If the lambing rate is lower or the mortality rate higher than in this
example, the flock will grow more slowly. The same will be true if not
all the female lambs are kept in the flock. Also if a group starts with
fewer than 30 ewes, it will take longer for them to reach a flock size of


When a new group starts sheep production, they find that in the first
few years there is little economic return from the flock as they have
only a small number of ewes, are keeping all the female lambs to build
up the flock, and have to use the money from the sale of male lambs to
repay their contracts.

First year

Repayment of initial contract (one-quarter of total contract value of
$ 363, less 25% subsidy) = $ 68.00.

Payment of service contract for first year ($ 37.50 for veterinary
care, $ 26.10 for salt blocks, $ 36.00 for cottonseed) = $ 99.60.

Maintenance of equipment = $ 100.00.

= $2535 $ 349

= $2 186

But in the beginning, a group does not have 75 ewes

If there are 30 ewes in the 1st year, there will be:

37 ewes in the 2nd year,
40 ewes in the 3rd year,
56 ewes in the 4th year,
74 ewes in the 5th year, and
75 ewes in the 6th year.

The 1st year is difficult for a new group because:

-There are not yet any lambs ready for sale,
-But the group has to pay for food, veterinary products and
maintenance of equipment.

The project must give a loan for the 1st year.

In the 2nd year the profit is $ 367.

The profit gets bigger each year until the 6th year when it is
$2 186.

TABLE 8.1. Calculation of increase in number of ewes in flock

No. ewes lambing Female lambs Total
Month no. of
New "Old" Total No. Will lamb ewes
surviving in month no.

6 30.0 30.0 12.9 24

12 30

1 3
14 24.0 24.0 10.3 32
22 24.0 24.0 10.3 40
24 12.9 12.9 5.5 42 37

30 19.2 19.2 8.3 48
32 10.3 10.3 20.6 8.9 50
36 40

'Calculated as weaning rate/2 x lambing interval x adult survival rate = 1.4/2 x 8/12 x
(1-0.08) = 0.43


TABLE 8.1. Calculation of increase in number of ewes in flock

No. ewes lambing Female lambs Total
Month no. of
New "Old" Total No. Will lamb ewes
surviving in month no.
38 15.4 15.4 6.6 56
40 10.3 16.5 26.8 11.5 58
42 5.5 5.5 2.4 60
46 15.4 15.4 6.6 64
48 8.3 26.8 35.1 15.1 66 56

50 8.9 4.4 13.3 5.7 68
54 12.3 12.3 5.3 72
56 6.6 28.1 34.7 14.9 74
58 11.5 13.3 24.8 10.7 76
60 2.4 2.4 1.0 78 74

62 9.8 9.8 4.2 80
64 6.6 27.7 34.3 14.8 82
66 15.1 19.9 35.0 15.0 84
68 5.7 1.9 7.6 3.3 86
70 9.8 9.8 4.2 88
72 5.3 34.3 39.6 17.0 90 92

Total payments ($ 68.00 + $ 99.60 + $ 100.00) = $ 267.60.

Net return = -$ 267.60.

Second year

30 ewes produce
(in first year)


21 male lambs for sale
sold at a weight of 22 kg at a price of
$ 1.25 per kg which give an income
of $ 577.50
4 cull ewes for sale sold at a weight
of 21 kg at a price of $ 0.87 per kg
which give an income of $ 80.04.

Total income from flock = $ 577.50 + $ 80.04 = $ 657.54.

Repayment of initial contract (one-quarter of total contract value of
$ 363.00, less 25% subsidy) = $ 68.00.

Payment of service contract for second year ($ 46.25 for veterinary
care, $ 32.19 for salt blocks, $ 44.40 for cottonseed) = $ 122.84.

Maintenance of equipment = $ 100.00.

Total payments ($ 68.00 + $ 122.84 + $ 100.00) = $ 290.84.

Net return ($ 657.54 $ 290.84) = $ 366.70.

Third and.subsequent years

The net return in the third and subsequent years is calculated in a
similar way to that for the second year. The number of ewes in the
flock increases each year until the target of 75 is reached in the sixth
year, so that the service contract increases until the sixth year, and the
total income of the flock increases until the seventh year. The
repayment of the initial contract is a constant value for the first four

years, and then is zero. The maintenance of equipment is constant for
each year.

These values are summarised inTable 8.2. The 25% subsidy has
been taken into account only in the repayment of the initial contract.
All other values are gross.

TABLE 8.2. Economic performance of the flock during the first years

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and

Number of ewes 30 37 40 56 74 75 75
Animals sold
male lambs 0 21 26 28 39 52 52
female lambs 0 0 0 0 0 36 37
cull ewes 0 4 4 5 7 9 9
Total income ($) 0 658 795 870 1213 2510 2535
Repayment of 68 68 68 68 0 0
initial contract ($)
Payment of 100 123 136 186 246 249 249
service contract ($)
Maintenance of 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
equipment ($)
Total payments ($) 268 291 304 354 346 349 349
Net return ($) -268 367 491 516 867 2161 2186

Table 8.2 shows that the first year is financially very hard for the
groups. They are unlikely to have any income from their flock, yet they
are expected to pay a total of $ 268. The project has to adopt a
sympathetic approach to the repayment of loans, perhaps even to
schedule the repayment installments so that no money is paid in the
first year. The timing of the sale of the first lambs is critical, and the
distribution to the group of pregnant ewes or ewes with lambs at foot
may be worth considering. An alternative solution is to encourage the
group to grow vegetables or undertake another activity which will give
an income in the first year but which will require very little capital


Loans and subsidies are given to make semi-intensive sheep production
more financially attractive, and so to encourage groups of women to
start keeping sheep. In particular, sheep production needs investment
of capital for animals and fixed equipment. Peasant women posess little
or no money, so that unless they are given a loan, they are unable to
start production.

The Project of North Togo gives a subsidy of 25% for all equipment
and services provided. This means that if a group receives cottonseed
worth $10, they pay only $7.50. A loan is given to each new group to
help them buy essential equipment. Only 75% of this loan is paid back.
As specified in the initial contract (page 65), one-quarter of the
amount due is paid immediately. Three further installments of the
same amount are paid back after one, two and three years. No interest
is paid on these loans.

Sheep may also be provided as a loan. For each ewe given to the
group, they must pay back one young healthy ewe within five years.
The money due to the project for services (supplementary food,
veterinary care, etc.) must be paid at the end of each year.

8. Problems and solutions

The potential problems of sheep production by groups of women are
innumerable but, as the author saw in the Project of North Togo, with
care and commonsense most of these problems can be avoided. The
following list is based on what the women in the groups and the staff of
the Project of North Togo consider would be problems if the
appropriate action were not taken, as well as problems that have
arisen in similar circumstances elsewhere.

Almost all these problems would arise also with men's groups for
sheep production. Only item 15 (support of husbands) is exclusive to
women. Two further items, the support of the village leaders (item 14)
and literacy (item 20) are likely to be more serious problems for
women than for men.

1. The women have no capital so they are unable to start a group
unless they are given a loan to buy equipment and supplementary
food and veterinary care for the first year. Some women are able to
provide their own ewes; others are not.

2. Many village women do not know how to look after sheep. The
groups must receive advice and training from the field staff.

3. It is difficult to herd a new flock. For the first few days it will be
necessary for more than two women to herd the flock until the
sheep recognize each other and know where their night enclosure

4. There is a potential conflict of labour between the needs of the
group and the needs of the family (carrying water, looking after
children, working in the fields, etc). In the Project of North Togo
the water supplies to the villages were improved so that the women
no longer have to carry water from up to 15 km away. They are
able to use for sheep production some of the time they previously
spent carrying water.

5. The work with the flock may be inadequately performed because
the group as a whole do not realise the value of cleaning the water
troughs, shepherding the flock for at least 8 hours, etc. The field
officer must give adequate training to the women and check that
the basic tasks are being performed adequately.

6. Some individual women are lazy and do not do their share of the
work. It is necessary for these women to know why their work is
important to the success of the group, and to be given pressure to
work harder by the rest of the group and particularly by the

7. Some members live too far away to fully participate in the activities
of the group. All members must live near one another.

8. All the members of the group must feel involved with the group
and must care about its success.

9. In the early stages the women feel that they are doing a lot of work
and getting little reward. The loans must be arranged so that the
group gets some financial benefit in the first two years.

10. In groups where the women each provide ewes when the group is
formed, there can be problems in later years if the women have
initially provided different numbers of ewes. These problems relate
to how the profits of the group are distributed and whose lambs are
sold to repay the contract. The solution is either to insist that all
the women provide the same number of ewes, or that the use of
the lambs is discussed and understood by all the members when
the group is formed.

11. Occasionally a woman leaves the group because she marries,
leaves her husband or her family moves away. How many sheep is
she entitled to take with her? How much should she pay the group
for the services her sheep have received? How much should she
receive for the work she has done with the communal flock? These
questions must be resolved by discussion within the group.

12. A woman who has initially provided ewes wants to remove one or
more for her own purposes. This action must have the approval of
the whole group, and the woman must pay the group for the
services her sheep have received.

13. If some or all of the ewes, or the land for the night enclosure, have
been provided by an outside body (e.g. church, philanthropic
neighbour) but there is no written contract, misunderstandings
can arise regarding how much the group should pay back. It is
advisable to have a written contract between the group of women
and any outside body with interests in their sheep flock.

14. The village leaders control the activities in the village, and unless
they support the women's group, the group will find it difficult to
operate. For instance, land is traditionally allocated to men who
are regarded as the head of the family and the women have no
right to demand land for their sheep. The women must secure the
support of the village leaders.

15. The women must have the support of their husbands who should
understand the duties of the women and the benefits of sheep

16. The production system must be a technology which has been tried
and tested and shown to work satisfactorily in the area.

17. There must be technical solutions to potential disease problems.

18. There must be a reliable supply of the necessary inputs such as
mineral blocks, supplementary food and veterinary drugs.

19. The field officers employed in the project must be well-motivated
and capable of dealing with potential problems.

20. There may be no woman in the group who can read and write
sufficiently well to keep the records for the group. If this is so it is
necessary for an outsider to keep the records, and train one of the
women so she is able to do so.

21. The record books may not be filled in because the secretary does
not realise their-importance. The secretary, in particular, needs
repeated training.

22. No donor agency can be expected to support a development project
indefinitely. Therefore the long-term aim must be to make the
groups able to survive on their own when the project finishes.
Once they are able to operate without a financial subsidy, they will
still need advice and veterinary care. With government backing,
sheep production groups can be serviced by staff of the national
extension service.

Assumptions. Culling plus death rate of ewes is 0.2, i.e. survival from one
year to the next is 0.8.

Lambing interval is 8 months.

At each lambing, a ewe produces on average 0.43 female lambs that will
survive to their first lambing (see footnote to table).

First lambing at age 18 months.

Initial ewes lamb in 6th month of first year.


Initial contract for equipment

Contract num ber ...........................................................................................

G roup n um ber ...............................................................................................


1. The Group of .................................................... .................. District
of ................................................ hereafter called the "Group", and

2. The Project of North Togo, hereafter called the "Project", represented
b y .............................................................................................................


Article 1. The Project will deliver at a fixed price all the equipment which is
the subject of the present contract and appears in section IV.

Article 2. The Project will supervise the installation of the equipment.

Article 3. The Project will replace materials which are faulty.

Article 4. The Project will give advice on animal production.


Article 5. The Group will follow the recommendations of the Project for the
establishment of a night enclosure and/or cultivated forage.

Article 6. The Group will pay back the total of the present contract in case of
theft, loss or deterioration of materials due to their negligence.

Article 7. The Group will not sell or give away the materials without the
prior agreement of the Project.

Article 8. The Group will follow the improvement schemes proposed and
respect the technical advice of the Project.

Article 9. The Group will sign an annual contract with the Project for
services rendered.

Article 10. In the case of the establishment of a forage plot, the Group will
provide protection to the forage plot against other ruminants and fire.


Article 11. The equipment which is the subject of the present contract
remains the property of the Project until the last annual payment has been
made. In case of the improper application of the advice given, or if an
annual payment is not made, or if the contract for services rendered is not
accepted, the Project reserve the right to take back the aforesaid equipment.

Article 12. In case of dispute, the two parties will abide by the decision of a
competent authority.


Prices are in US dollars and are current for the year 19

1. Night enclosure (Note: the price does not include the construction of the
shelter which is the sole responsibility of the Group).

Size of enclosure
Component (Number of ewes) Total
30 ewes 40 ewes 50 ewes 75 ewes
Traditional fence 53 60 63 73
Tensioned fence NA 80 83 97

Note: for tensioned fence, the price includes the cost of teak posts.

2. Compulsory equipment (according to the number of ewes present)

Number of ewes

Equipment 10 20 30 40 50 75 Total

N Price N Price N Price N Price N Price N Price

Food troughs 1 13 2 26 2 26 3 39 4 52. 6 78 ...
Water troughs 1 22 1 22 1 22 2 44 2 44 3 66 ..

3. Optional equipment

Item Quantity Unit price Total

Forage rack 30

4. Cultivated forage

Forage Area Unit price Total
Cultivated forage (species ........)


With the aim of encouraging new sheep production groups, the Project has
decided, for the year 19 to give a subsidy equal to 25% of the total sum
invested. The total sum due to the Project amounts to ..................................
which is to be paid back as follows:

Deposit: 25% of the total sum due to the project, namely ..........................
1st annual payment (Dec 198 ) 25% of the total, namely ...........................
2nd annual payment (Dec 198 ) 25% of the total, namely .......................
3rd annual payment (Dec 198 ) 25% of the total, namely .........................

(This page in triplicate)


Contract No ..........................................................

Nam e of Group .................................. Village ...................... ................

District ................. ...................

Total am ount of present contract .............................................. .............

Having read and understood the articles above, the undersigned agree to res-
pect the terms of the present contract.

Group President
Signature ..................... .....................

Name ..................... .................

Written in triplicate and with good
faith at ...........................................
on the ...................................... 19
For the Project of North Togo
Signature ........................................

N am e ................................ ...........

Position .. ..........................

Date Amount
Item due due Date Amount Stamp

Deposit Feb 198 ...
1st annual payment Dec 198 ...
2nd annual payment Dec 198 ...
3rd annual payment Dec 198 ...

Type of enclosure .................................... Length of fence ...... .............................

Equipment: W ater troughs ......................
Food troughs ........................
Forage racks ...................



Con tract num ber .................................... .... ..................................................
G rou p n u m ber ...................................... .. ......................................................

1. The Group of ............................................................... District of
................................................. .................... hereafter called the "Group",

2. The Project of North Togo, hereafter called the "Project", represented
b y ................................................ .................................................................


Article 1. The Project will supply the Group with mineral blocks and
agro-industrial by-products according to the quantities stated in the present

Article 2. The Project will carry out all the prophylactic treatments
(vaccinations, treatment of internal and external parasites) at the times
specified by the "calender of prophylaxy" and provide the normal veterinary
requirements to keep the animals healthy.


Article 3. The Group will at all times provide the animals with a mineral
supplement in the form of a salt block. A fixed number of blocks will be
purchased from the Project for the duration of the present contract.

Article 4. The Group will buy from the Project agro-industrial by-products
according to the quantity fixed in the present contract.

Article 5. The Group will respect the periods of distribution of the by-products
namely from August to November.

Article 6. The Group will contact the staff of the Project warehouse before the
end of July to arrange the distribution of their supplements.

Articlh 7. The Group will not sell or give away the supplements (mineral blocks
or agro-industrial by-products) without the prior agreement of the Project.

Article 8. The Group will help the field officers when they visit the flock.

Article 9. The Group will pay the total of the present contract at the beginning
of the year or, for new Groups, when they join the Project.


Article 10. If, for whatever cause, there is a substantial reduction in the
number of ewes during the year covered by the present contract, the Project
will repay the Group for the supplements not used according to the number of
ewes that were and the number of months remaining in the year.

Article 11. If a substantial number of ewes are introduced into the flock during
the year covered by the present contract, the Project reserve the right to
demand an increase in the total sum of the contract to cover the extra
supplements used according to the number of sheep introduced and the
number of months remaining in the year.

Article 12. For new Groups which join the scheme in the first half of the year,
the Project will pay up to half of the total sum of the annual contract. For new
Groups which start in the second half of the year, the Project will pay up to a
quarter of the total sum of the annual contract.

Article 1 3. If the contract is not honoured by the Group at the specified time,
the Project reserve the right to be paid in kind. This payment will be based on
the market price current during the period.


The prices and subsidies which are in force for the year 19 ......... are as follows:

Price No of Quantity Total Total
It Price S y after ewes per ewe quantity price
Item Price Subsidy subsidy per year
subsidy per year
(1) (2) (3) (4)=(2)x(3)
Veterinary. 1.11/ewe 25% 0.83 ... NA NA

Mineral 0.44/kg 25% 0.33/kg ... 2 kg

Cottonseed 0.03/kg 25% 0.02/kg 36 kg ...


(This page in triplicate)


C on tract N o .......................................... ............................................................

N am e of Group .................................... Village ............ ................................

District ...........................................

Total am ount of present contract ........................ ............................................

Having read and understood the articles above, the undersigned agree to
respect the terms of the present contract.

Written in triplicate and with good
faith at ........................................
on the ...................................... 19
Group President For the Project of North Togo
Signature ......................... ................... Signature ........................................

N am e .......................... ..................... N am e .................................. ..........

Position ....... ....................

Total amount Date payment Payment
of contract due Date Stamp

Number of ewes .................
Commodity Quantity Deliveries
delivered -
1 2 3 4
No kg Date Quantity Date Quantity Date Quantity Date Quantity
Salt ... .. .




C on tract n u m ber ...................................................................................................
G rou p n u m ber .......................................................................................................

1. The Group of .............................................. .............. District of
hereafter called the "Group",and

2. The Project of North Togo, hereafter called the "Project", represented
by .............................................................................................................


Article 1: The Project will sell selected rams to certain Groups. These rams will
be aged less than one year, and their number proportional to the number of
ewes in the flock (1 ram for 30 ewes).

Article 2: The Project will supply all the technical advice and treatments
necessary for successful animal breeding.


Article 3: The Group will pay back to the Project the total sum of the present
contract in the case of theft, loss or death of rams due to their negligence.

Article 4: The Group will castrate all the males in the flock before the arrival of
the selected males.

Article 5: The Group will sell to the Project at a fixed price the best male lambs
sired by the selected rams, and will castrate all other male lambs.

Article 6: The Group will follow the technical advice of the Project and in
particular will give food supplements (cottonseed) in the second half of the rainy
season (from August to the end of November).

Aricle 7: The Group will sign an annual contract with the Project for services

Article 8: In order to avoid inbreeding, the Group will withdraw the selected
rams from the flock after two years of use, namely in the month of
19 At that date the Group will be free to dispose of the rams as they please
(sale, barter, consumption), provided that the present contract has been
scrupulously respected. The Group will be able to buy new rams from the

Article 9: The Group will not sell, give away, lend or eat the selected rams
without the prior approval of the Project.


Article 10: The rams which are the subject of the present contract remain the
property of the Project until the last annual payment is received. If the rams
are not used as recommended or if an annual payment is not made or if the
annual contract for services rendered is not accepted, the Project reserve the
right to take back the rams.

Article 11: If a selected ram dies, the Group will call in the animal production
field assistant who will conduct a post-mortem to identify the cause of death.


The present contract concerns the following animals:

Ram No Liveweight Price/kg Price of ram Remarks


Total ... 1.17

The total sum due to the Project from the Group is ........................................
which is to be payed back in the following way:

First year (Dec 19 ): 50% of the total sum due to the Project namely ...............

Second year (Dec 19 ): 50% of the total sum due to the Project namely ............

(This page in triplicate)


C on tract N o ........................................ .............................................................

Nam e of Group .................................. Village .. ............................

District ...........................................

Total am ount of present contract ...................... .............................................

Having read and understood the articles above, the undersigned agree to
respect the terms of the present contract.

Group President
Signature ......................... ..........

Name ............................. .........

Written in triplicate and with good
faith at ............................................
on the ..................................... 19
For the Project of North Togo
Signature ............................................

Name .............................................

Position ... .........................

Date Amount Pay
Repaymentdue due Date Amount Stamp
1st annual payment Dec 19 ...
2nd annual payment Dec 19 ...

Ram No ........................................ Weight (kg)...................



Contract n um ber .................................. ..........................................................
G roup num ber .................................... ............................................................

1. The Group of .................................................................................... District
of..................................... ...................... hereafter called the "Group",and

2. The Project of North Togo, hereafter called the "Project", represented
by ........ ......................................................................................................


Article 1: With the aim of improving the immediate profitability of new groups,
the Project will lend young breeding ewes which have been given the
necessary prophylactics.

Article 2: The Project will replace ewes which die within two months of
distribution, provided that the deaths are not caused by the the Group.

Article 3: The Project will give advice on sheep production.


Article 4: The Group will pay back to the Project the total value of the breeding
ewes in the case of theft, loss or death of ewes due to their negligence.

Article 5: The Group will not sell or give away the ewes before the total has
been repaid.

Article 6: The Group will follow the technical advice of the Project.

Article 7: The Group will sign an annual contract with the Project for services


Article 8: If an annual payment is not made, the Project reserve the right to
take back the ewes.


Article 9: The number of young ewes lent to the Group is ..............................
and the total value of these animals is ................................. ..................

Article 10: The Group will pay back the same number of young ewes within a
period of four years, starting after one year. The repayment will be in the form
of ewe lambs aged between 6 months and one year, with a minimum weight of
18 kg. Each year one-quarter of the total number of animals will be repaid.

1....... ewe lambs due in Dec 19
2. ...... ewe lambs due in Dec 19
3. ...... ewe lambs due in Dec 19
4. ...... ewe lambs due in Dec 19

(This page in triplicate)


C on tract N o ........................................ .............................................................

Name of Group ................................... Village ........

District ...........................................

Total am ount of present contract ....................... ............................................

Having read and understood the articles above, the undersigned agree to
respect the terms of the present contract.

Written in triplicate and with good
faith at ..........................................
on the ...................................... 19
Group President For the Project of North Togo
Signature ....................................... Signature ........................................

Nam e ......................................... .......... Nam e ................................. ..........

Position ... ..........................

Date No.
Repayment due ewes Date Number Stamp
1st annual payment Dec 19
2nd annual payment Dec 19
3rd annual payment Dec 19
4th annual payment Dec 19


Recording forms

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