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In Laos, Two Businesses are Building a Dairy Sector One Buffalo at a Time

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Motivating health interventions in the smallholder livestock sector in developing countries

 
 

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New research: How to drive production, smash livestock emissions

AUSTRALIAN developed feed supplements could have big implications for the wider livestock industry, research coming out of South East Asia shows.

The new research reveals the medicated molasses blocks - designed for tropical conditions including northern Australia - are driving both increased productivity and as a consequence, have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Buffalo milk and its creamy goodness

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Can fenbendazole medicated molasses blocks control Toxocara vitulorum in smallholder cattle and buffalo calves in developing countries? Studies from upland Laos

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Short introduction video to milk and helping dispel a few myths!

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Working with smallholder farming families, their livestock and FMD viruses in the Mekong & beyond

In our efforts to understanding how to improve livelihoods in rural SE Asia & regional food security, we are assisting the transition of some subsistence smallholder farmers from poverty to a more viable and sustainable livelihood through investing in improved livestock productivity. This work is focused on what motivates farmers to change their husbandry practices, including better feeding, preventative health & welfare, and improved household financial resilience.The collaborative work has been almost continuous since 2007 in the Mekong, supported by ACIAR-funded projects now completed in Cambodia & nearing completion in Laos, plus a DFAT Business Partnership Platform project that is current in Laos under a recently revised MOU between the partners (Figure 1). 

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Laos dairy buffalo challenge

IN an extraordinary example of applied capacity building, Australian businesswoman Susie Martin is leading the way in helping one of South East Asia's poorest countries set about improving its food production systems. 

Located near Luang Prabang in northern Laos, the Laos Buffalo Dairy has been established with the aim of developing the nation's abundant, but underutilised buffalo resource.

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MEKONG LIVESTOCK RESEARCH ADVANCING SMALLHOLDER LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION AND HEALTH

In our efforts to understanding how to improve livelihoods in rural SE Asia & regional food security, we are assisting the transition of some subsistence smallholder farmers from poverty to a more viable and sustainable livelihood through investing in improved livestock productivity. This work is focused on what motivates farmers to change their husbandry practices, including better feeding, preventative health & welfare, and improved household financial resilience. 

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Australian Company backs new foot-and-mouth disease treatment in Laos

Several stakeholders from Australia, including the agribusiness firm 4 Season Company, are working with Laos' Department of Livestock and Fisheries to improve the livelihood of farmers by treating livestock diseases. 

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Positive impact from partnership: a new foot-and-mouth disease treatment in Laos

The BPP partnership in Laos is 18 months into its two-year initiative to improve farmer livelihoods. The partners bring complementary skills and experience to give farmers greater access to medicated feed blocks to improve livestock health, and farmer livelihoods.

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Future Food Security Through Livestock Innovations

Mekong Livestock Research:
Building & sharing an evidence base from applied research

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South East Asian FMD threat exposed

FOOT and mouth disease remains the single great threat to the global beef and livestock trade, and is a particular problem in developing countries where the disease goes largely untreated. 

Worryingly, the disease remains widespread, particularly in South East Asia, where there are very few vaccinated cattle and even less effective treatments.

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