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[Published: Sunday October 05 2008]

Kenya herdsmen limitgoat population

Nairobi , 06 Oct-(ANA)- Maasai herdsmen in Kenyahave turned to an age-old contraceptive device, the "olor", toprotect their precious goat herds from an ongoing drought.

The olor ismade from cowhide or a square piece of plastic, and is tied around the belly ofthe male goat to prevent the bucks from mating with the female goats.

The herdsmenare using the device to limit the goat population and ensure there are not toomany animals grazing on sparse vegetation.

"We don'twant them to breed in this drought," says Mr Ole Ngoshoi Kipameto, a goatowner in Kajiado district.

The area, whichis 80km (50 miles) from the capital, Nairobi,has received insufficient rainfall, making the landscape barren and forcingresidents to move from place to place in search of pasture and water. (ANA)

FA/ANA/06October 2008---

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