Denis Mpairwe, PhD


Senior Lecturer and Head
Department of Agricultural Production
School of Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,
Makerere University,
P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Office: 256 414 532269
Mobile: 256 772 439372
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Academic History
PhD. Animal Science, Makerere University/International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI),
1998
MSc. Animal Production/Forage Science, Makerere University, 1994
BSc. Agriculture, Makerere University, 1989


Professional Courses/Workshops Attended
1. Certificate in "Management of Pastures for East Africa" - Six Regional Training Course:
Egerton University, 6th - 17 August 1990.
2. Certificate in "Ruminant Nutrition and Feeding Systems" - ILRI course at ILRI - Debre
Zeit Research Station, Ethiopia, 25th July - 12 August 1994.
3. "Workshop on Rumen Ecology", ILRI - Ethiopia, 13th - 18th March 1995.
4. “HPI writer’s Workshop for Development of Zero-Grazing Training Materials” held in
Kampala, Uganda, 18-23 May, 1992.
Employment Record and Positions Held
1. Head: Animal Science Department: Faculty of Agriculture Makerere University (2008 to
date).
2. Lecturer: October, 1999 to date. Makerere University, Department of Animal Science,
Faculty of Agriculture.
3. Principal Range Ecologist: 1998-1999 - MAAI&F, Department of Animal Production and
Marketing.
4. Ag. Principal Range Ecologist: 1997-1998 - MAAI&F, Department of Animal Production
and Marketing.
5. Senior Animal Production Officer – Livestock Services Project: 1994-1996 - MAAI&F,
Department of Animal Production.
6. Pasture Agronomist: 1990 to 1994 - Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and
Fisheries, Department of Animal Production and Marketing.
Awards/Grants/Scholarships/Fellowships
1. Travelling fellowship/grant under Theme 1 of the Challenge Program on Water and Food
(CPWF). The award enabled me to attend the Phenotyping Protocols Workshop to be held
in Montpellier, France, from 5-9 July 2004.
2. Awarded a research grant from IDB’s Young Researchers Support Programme of the
Islamic Development Bank, to conduct a one year research on Agriculture [Nutritional
Effects on Growth and Carcass Characteristics of Indigenous Bull calves and Mubende
Goats under a Feedlot Fattening System in Uganda. – on-going]
3. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ethiopia - Graduate Associate
fellowship for Ph.D. research.
4. USAID/MFAD Scholarship for M.Sc. in Agriculture research at Makerere University.
5. FAO/UN Sponsorship for the Sixth Regional Training Course on Management of Pastures
for East Africa, Egerton university, Kenya.
Consultancies/Professional Expertise Offered to Community
1. Range/Forage Specialist with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA):
Provided professional expertise in environmental and natural resources degradation studies
in the rangelands of Uganda – NEMA study : "Uganda Environment Management
Capacity Building Project", 1994.
2. Animal Production Specialist/Forage Scientist Consultant with Heifer Project
International/Agricultural Business Systems (HPI/ABS) study on viability and productivity
of Ankole cattle in Mpigi and Mbarara districts - 1999 - 2001. Project Title “Growth and
Meat Quality Characteristics of Uganda Ankole Cattle: Potential Marketability of their
Beef and a Germplasm Prezservation Program for the Breed”. USAID Grant Number:
USAID/HPI 617-G-00-99-00001.
3. Range Management Cum Forage Agronomist Consultant: Contracting company:
Agrisystems Limited, England. UK. September - November 2001. Member of the team
which prepared the National Livestock Development Project for Uganda sponsored by
African Development Bank in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries
(MAAIF, Entebbe).
4. Provided consultancy services to Government of Uganda / Danida’s Agricultural Sector
Programme Support (ASPS) as local SPECIALIST IN THE EVALUATION OF
LIVESTOCK RESEARCH PROGRAMMES, in preparing Project Completion Report for
Livestock Systems Research Program LSRP – NARO –February 2004 to May 2004.
Work Experience
Has over 10 years experience in Ugandan agriculture, livestock, natural resources and
environmental issues. Worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
(MAAIF) in the Department of Animal Production and Marketing, International Livestock
Research Institute (ILRI), and currently with Makerere University as a Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Animal Science
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
In the Department of Animal Production and Marketing, MAAIF, I worked as a Pasture
Agronomist, Animal Production Officer, and Seniour Animal Production Officer and left the
Department at the rank of Principal Range Ecologist in charge of Range Development Section. I
was involved in the Ministry strategy development, priority setting, resource allocation and
project selection, project preparation for donor funding, project implementation, monitoring and
evaluation, and the provision of training.
Main Duties
In the Department of Animal Production and Marketing, MAAIF, involved offering technical
advice to livestock farmers on ruminant grazing systems, Range management, animal nutrition
and management, feed resources and types of fodder, their establishment and management.
Makerere University
I joined the University at the end of 1999 as a Lecturer in the Department of Animal Science and
from November 2003 to date I was appointed the Ag. Deputy Dean in Charge of Training and
Administration. I have been involved day to day student affairs and deputizing the Dean Faculty
of Agriculture in the administration of the Faculty.
I have been involved in lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate in animal production; field
practicals supervision with undergraduate and post graduate students; Research in crop-livestock
integration.
Offers expertise in livestock-environment interactions, analysis of integrated crop/livestock
farming systems, agro-forestry, animal nutrition, range/forage science and management,
health/nutrition interactions, dairy, beef, sheep and goat production.
Published in international journals and workshop proceedings over a wide range of topics.
Has supervised seven Special Project Students for the award of B.Sc. Agric. degrees, Six M.Sc.
and One PhD Students.
At a regional level, I am a member of the secretariat charged with putting in place the Joint
Regional Animal Production Society of East Africa. I am a peer reviewer of the Tanzania Journal
of Agricultural Sciences (TJAS) and Uganda Journal of Agricultural Sciences (UJAS).
Scholarships/Fellowships Awarded
1. FAO/UN Sponsorship for the Sixth Regional Training Course on Management of Pastures
for East Africa, Egerton university, Kenya.
2. USAID/MFAD Scholarship for M.Sc. in Agriculture research at Makerere University.
3. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ethiopia - Graduate Associate
fellowship for Ph.D. research.
Teaching and Research Activities
Teaching and research in Animal Production: Range/Forage Science & Animal Nutrition. Major
areas of teaching and research include:-
1. Animal nutrition
2. Livestock and Poultry production and management
3. Beef and Dairy Production Systems
4. Beef Production and Range Management
5. Pasture/Forage Science
6. Advanced Animal Nutrition/Feed Utilisation
Supervision of Special Projects and Graduate Research
Special Projects
1. Mihreteab Yemane Medhane, 2000. Chemical composition and in vitro organic matter
digestibility of selected grasses, legumes and fodders
2. Kagoda Wilfred, 2001. Effect of season on dry matter production and chemical
composition of pastures on selected farms in Mbarara and Kabale districts of Uganda.
3. Tsumbira Edson, 2002. Effects of supplementation with Gliricidia sepium/ Leucaena
lecocephala leaves and maize bran on feed intake, dry matter digestibility, nitrogen
retention and body weight gain of indigenous goats fed elephant grass basal diets in
Uganda.
4. Walusimbi Sadhat Sula, 2003. The effect of processing on the nutritional composition of
discarded cocoa beans and in vivo digestibility of forage and concentrate based diets
containing cocoa bean meal using the nylon bag technique.
5. Master of Science
6. Katongole B. Constatine, 2000-2003. Nutritional effects on growth and carcass
characteristics of indigenous cattle bulls (Ankole and Nganda) and Ankole x Friesian
crossbred bulls. (Completed).
7. Kwizera M. Herbert, 2000-2003. Breed and season differences in meat composition and
quality of Ankole, crossbred and Small East African Zebu (Karamajong) cattle. (M.Sc.
Research- Thesis submitted for Examination).
8. Kamujuni Medard, 2000-2003. Factors affecting the profitability of indigenous cattle
keeping in western Uganda: A study of smallholder cattle farms. (M.Sc. Research- Thesis
submitted draft).
9. Onzima Robert, B. 2002-2004. Performance of indigenous goats in the control of Acacia
hockii in the rangelands of Uganda. (M.Sc. Research – on-going).
10. Kagoda Wilfred, 2002-2004. Performance of indigenous and crossbred kids
grazing/browsing natural pastures supplemented with different sources of energy and
protein. (M.Sc. Research – on-going).
11. Maholo M. Denis, 2002-2004. Effect of season, fire and grazing on botanical composition
and productivity of pastures in the rangelands of uganda. . (M.Sc. Research – on-going).
12. (C) PhD Supervision
13. Kabirizi Jolly, 2001- 2004. Impact of incorporating forage legumes on dairy cattle
performance in crop-livestock farming systems: A case study of Masaka district, Uganda.
(PhD. Research – on-going).
Publications in Workshops and Seminar Seminars Proceedings
1. Sabiiti, E.N., Mpairwe, D.R., Ebong, C. and Mwambu, P.M. 1992. Feeds and Feeding on
Zero Grazing Unit in Uganda. Books on Zero Grazing in Uganda. Published by Heifer
Project International (HPI), Kampala, Uganda.
2. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N. and Mugewa, J.S. 1993. Potential of legume shrub and tree
fodder as animal feed stuffs - Proceedings of the second Uganda Pasture network
workshop held at Makerere University 14-16 December 1992.
3. Mpairwe D.R. and Sabiiti, E.N. 1999. Overview of the smallholder dairy farming systems
in East Africa. Proceedings of the Workshop on Integrated Small Holder Dairy Farming
Systems in Peri-Urban Areas with Emphasis on Forage and Fodder Tree Utilisation.
Embu, Kenya, 13-17 June 1999.
4. Kabirizi J; Mpairwe, D. R.; Mutetikka, D., Ebong C. and Taabu L 2003. Improving feed
resource availability and productivity in intensive smallholder crop-livestock farming
systems in masaka district, Uganda. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Symposium
Program, Animal Production Society of Kenya, 6-7 March 2003, KARI – Naivasha.
5. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N. and Umunna, N.N. 2001. Effect of supplementation with
lablab hay and wheat bran on voluntary food intake, digestibility, milk yield and milk
composition of crossbred cows fed maize-lablab stover or oats-vetch hay ad libitum. Paper
presented at the Joint Workshop for the Department of Animal Science in Makerere
University and Agricultural University of Norway (AUN) at Faculty of Forestry and
Nature Conservation, MUK, November 22-23,2001.
6. 6Mpairwe D.R., Kasozi, J.N. and Kiwuwa, G.H. 2002. Animal Science and its role in
mordernisation of Agriculture in Uganda. Paper presented at the Students Symposium on
Mordernisation of Agriculture organized by Makerere Iniversity Agriculture Students
Association, MASA, 11th January 2002.
7. Sabiiti, E.N., D. Mpairwe and S. Mugasi. 2003. Rehabilitation of degraded rangelands
using forage/fodder legumes in Uganda. 7th International Rangeland Congress, Durban,
SA 26th July – 3rd August 2003.
8. Mpairwe D.R., Katongole, C., Bareeba, F. B., Mukasa-Mugerwa, E. and Ebong, C. 2003.
Effect of plane of nutrition on growth performance and carcass characteristics of growing
Ankole, N'ganda, and crossbred (Friesian x Ankole) bulls and their potential for beef cattle
fattening in Uganda. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Conference for the Tanzania
Society of Animal Production (TSAP) at the 4H centre, Tanga, 28th to 30th October 2003.
9. Kabirizi J; Mpairwe, D.R.; Mutetikka, D. and Ebong C. 2003. Leguminous fodder can
make a difference: A case study of testing technologies with farmers in Masaka district,
Uganda. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Conference for the Tanzania Society of
Animal Production (TSAP) at the 4H centre, Tanga, 28th to 30th October 2003.
10. Katongole C.B., D. Mpairwe, F.B. Bareeba, E. Mukasa-Mugerwa and C. Ebong. 2004.
Effect of nutrition on carcass yield and quality of indigenous cattle bulls (Ankole and
Nganda) and Ankole x Friesian crossbreds in Uganda. Paper to be presented at a Joint
Regional Animal Production Scientific Conference, KARI Headquarters, Conference Hall,
Nairobi, 15 to 18 March 2004.
11. Kwizera M. H., D. Mpairwe and E. Mukasa-Mugerwa. 2004. Seasonal effects on Meat
Chemical Composition and Palatability of Ankole and Karamojong Cattle. Paper to be
presented at a joint regional animal production scientific conference, KARI Headquarters,
Conference Hall, Nairobi, 15 to 18 March 2004.
Publications in Referred Journals
1. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N. and Mugewa, J.S. 1998. Effect of dried Gliricidia sepium
leaf supplement on feed intake, digestibility and nitrogen retention in sheep fed dried
KW4 elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) ad libitum. Agroforestry Systems, 41:139-
150.
2. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N., Ummuna, N.N., Tegegne, A., and Osuji, P. 2002. Effect of
intercropping cereal crops with forage legumes and the effect of source of nutrient (cattle
manure or chemical fertilisers) on cereal grain yield, fodder yield and quality. African
Crop Science Journal, 10(1):81-97.
3. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N., Ummuna, N.N., Tegegne, A., and Osuji, P. 2003. Integration
of forage legumes with cereal crops: 1. Effects of supplementation with graded levels of
lablab hay on voluntary food intake, digestibility, milk yield and milk composition of
crossbred cows fed maize-lablab stover or oats-vetch hay ad libitum. Livestock Production
Science, 79:193-212.
4. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N., Ummuna, N.N., Tegegne, A., and Osuji, P. 2003. Integration
of forage legumes with cereal crops: 2. Effect of supplementation with lablab hay and
incremental levels of wheat bran on voluntary food intake, digestibility, milk yield and
milk composition of crossbred cows fed maize-lablab stover or oats-vetch hay ad libtum.
Livestock Production Science, 79:213-226.
5. Mpairwe, D.R., Mutetika, D. and Tsumbira, E. 2003. Utilisation of Gliricidia sepium and
maize bran or their mixtures with Leucaena leucocephala as supplements to growing
indigenous goats (Mubende type) fed elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum). Journal of
Animal and Veterinary Advances. 2(4):202-208.
6. Katongole, C.B., Bareeba, F.B., Mpairwe, D., Mukasa-Mugerwa, E. and Ebong, C. 2001.
Nutritional effects on growth and carcass characteristics of Ankole, Nganda and Ankole X
friesian crossbred bulls. MUARIK Bulletin, 4:1-5.
7. Sabiiti, E.N., D. Mpairwe and S. Mugasi, 2003. Rehabilitation of rangelands using
forage/fodder legumes. African journal of range and forage Science, 20: (2) 170.
Submitted Manuscripts for Publication
1. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N., Ummuna, N.N., Tegegne, A., and Nshali I.V. Body weight
Changes, body Condition Score and reproductive performance of crossbred cows fed
maize-lablab stover or oats-vetch hay ad libitum and supplemented with graded levels of
lablab hay and/or wheat bran.
2. Mpairwe, D.R., Sabiiti, E.N., Nshali I.V, Ummuna, N.N. and Tegegne, A. Blood plasma
metabolite concentrations, rumen fermentation characteristics and rate of passage in
crossbred cows fed maize-lablab stover or oats-vetch hay ad libitum supplemented with
graded levels of of lablab hay and/or wheat brand.

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