Factors Influencing Consumer Preference for Beef or Chevon in the Northern Region of Ghana
The study examined the influence of husbandry practices and socio-cultural factors on consumers' preference for beef or chevon in the Northern Region of Ghana. A descriptive crosssectional survey with 410 participants was used in this research. The participants were chosen using the convenience sampling method. The significance of associations was determined by chisquare analysis, and binary logistic regressions were used to asses influence of factors on meat preferences. Out of the 410 respondents, 65.6% were males, and the mean age was 33.5 years. Most of the respondents (59.0%) indicated that their type of meat preference is beef as compared to 41.0% who preferred chevon. The meat type consumers usually purchased was beef as indicated by 62.0% of the respondents. Both age and marital status had a significant association with meat type purchased. Among the husbandry practices, quality and hygiene of animal feeds or watering were significantly associated with meat preference. Age of the respondent predicted meat preference with those within the age group of 35 – 44 years more likely (5.8 times) to prefer chevon than beef as compared to those within the age group of 24 years and below. The results further shows that single respondents were more likely to prefer chevon than beef, when compared with those married. The religion of the respondents predicted meat preference with traditional religious belief more likely to prefer chevon over beef as compared to those from Islamic religious belief. Generally beef was the most preferred meat type with husbandry practices and some socio-cultural factors such as age, marital status and religious practice influencing choice of meat type. It is recommended that farmers on the basis of this study consider animal husbandry practices such as feeding with quality housing very serious in order to attract meat consumers.
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