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Why do Nomadic pastoralists keep large herd of animals?

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Nomadic pastoralists keep large herd of animals because;

  • Animals are kept as a sign of wealth, the more the number of hooves the wealthier the home.
  • Availability of large tracts of land for grazing due to the sparse population that supports large herds.
  • Pests and diseases such as ticks and tsetse fly reduce the quality of the animals.
  • Low quality local breeds that yield little milk and provide low quality meat this necessitates keeping of large animals.
  • Frequent livestock raids/cattle rustling that reduces/ increases the cattle number.
  • Low level of education and culture hinder them from practicing modern methods of livestock farming.
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