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Woman farmer celebrates better life through livestock in Odisha, India

Pravati is the secretary of the Kapila Muni women Milk Society under local government cooperative society (Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (OMFED)) in Barandua village. She is also the only trained artificial insemination expert providing services to farmers under the ILRI portion of the Cereal System Initiatives for South Asia (CSISA) Project in that … Continue reading

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Improved cattle feed provides new business opportunities for farmers in India

Strong demand for milk in Bihar Province, India, for direct human consumption and for vital nutrients for the community, has provided an opportunity for one farmer to venture in business. The International Livestock Research Institute is providing opportunities for better feed and this is improving the quality and quantity of milk as this story shows. … Continue reading

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Study shows how Tanzania dairy farmers stand to benefit from improved commercial feeds

A new study has revealed the extent to which dairy farmers in Tanzania are under-served by the feeds manufacturing sector, which despite having adequate capacity, is operating at only 50% of installed capacity. On average, dairy feeds account for just 4% of what is produced by feed manufacturers in Tanzania, with poultry feeds production dominating … Continue reading

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Land pressure drives hunt for resilient livestock genes in East Africa, world congress told

Scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are among experts discussing livestock genetics at the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 17-22, 2014. Fidalis Denis Mujibi, discusses the Use of high density SNP genotypes to determine the breed composition of cross bred dairy cattle in smallholder … Continue reading

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Saving livestock by killing east coast fever disease

East Coast fever kills more than a million cattle each year in Africa and particularly threatens genetically improved cattle breeds, which are the most expensive and productive, says Henry Kiara, a researcher in Animal Health in the Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity program (ASSP). With nearly 20 years of research to his name, he should … Continue reading

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Tracking livestock tribes, families increases incomes and productivity

Did it ever cross your mind that cows, goats, sheep and all animals have tribes, families, clans and other family groups much like human beings do? Or that keeping track of those families is as important as it is for human beings? Understanding livestock families’ means understanding the parents of an animal, specific characteristics like the dominant colour of their skin, the likely weight it should have, the amount of milk or taste of meat it should produce when properly fed and its ability to cope with certain environments. It also involves understanding what feed and how much is best for that “tribe” (breed) of animal to produce the best milk or meat. Continue reading