This project aimed to develop more efficient smallholder cattle-growing systems, through improved feeding and management.
The growing demand for beef in Vietnam is providing an opportunity for smallholder crop-livestock farmers in Central Vietnam to increase household income through more productive beef breeding and fattening enterprises. Significant challenges need to be overcome to ensure these enterprises can be both profitable and sustainable. These include the low fertility of sandy soils in the region, long dry seasons, waterlogging, scarcity of good quality feed, and poor cattle management practices.
The project extended its reach to the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak where there has been a longer period of cattle feeding and management research and development. Breeding and fattening systems in Dak Lak are more developed than on the South Central Coast, and the greatest opportunity for enhancing producers’ livelihoods was through understanding and engaging with growing market opportunities.
For beef cattle farmers who are already production orientated, the project developed stronger integration with markets. It also identified and developed pathways for knowledge exchange and adoption, to expand impacts within smallholder beef cattle enterprises. Improved cattle production practices will increase profitability for smallholders and also bring environmental benefits by reducing overgrazing.
Publication Date: 2 October 2019