Analysis of the morphological structure of Ankole cattle horns in relation to their market status in Uganda
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Ankole cattle horns are economically valuable if effectively utilized. However, limited research in Uganda has hindered their comprehensive understanding and utilization. This study aimed to analyze Ankole cattle horn morphology, focusing on parameters like length, diameter, and sheath thickness across different age groups. Results: Age significantly influenced horn parameters (length, diameter, and sheath thickness). Lateral horn length and sheath thickness were greater than medial counterparts, increasing distally. Market preference favored longer, mature, white horns with a larger circumference. Conclusion: More research on indigenous breeds like Ankole cattle is needed to optimize their utilization, encouraging farmers to breed them and boost the horn processing industry.