Analysis of Factors Influencing Cattle Marketing in Bomet District
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Livestock subsector is of great importance in economic development due to its contribution to the national income and its share of contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Livestock subsector contributes about ten percent of the total county’s GDP (GOK, 1999). In Kenya the livestock kept comprise the following; shoats, cattle, camels, poultry, donkeys, pigs and rabbits.

Livestock farmers earn their living from the sale of the livestock and their product for example milk, meat, hides and skin (GOK, 2004). Livestock kept shows the wealth of an individual in most of the communities. Livestock most especially cattle are used to perform most of the socio-cultural practices such as payment of dowry, circumcision ceremonies and competition (Berret et al,2003).

The total livestock population in Kenya is approximately 60 million heads, cattle accounting for 17% of the total population. This is about 10 million cattle (Mbogo et al, 2005). Kenya rangelands have higher cattle population than other areas of the country since livestock rearing is the only viable economic Activity.