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Introduction of silvo-pastoral systems for cattle raising to sustainably provide fodder to animals in drought periods in Bolivia









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    This technology describes the introduction of livestock refuge mounds in the sub-Amazonian eco-region of Bolivia (Department of Beni) as a good practice to increase the resilience of cattle raisers to recurrent floods as well as to ensure water availability in the canals during dry spells. Livestock refuge mounds are small mounds covering an area of about 0.5 to 1 ha, and they provide shelter for people, livestock and agricultural products during floods. In addition, animal treatments such as deworming and preventive vitaminization and mineralization were introduced or improved in the targeted communities in order to further reduce animal mortality in both normal and hazard conditions. This technology briefly introduces the concepts of livestock refuge mounds, deworming and preventive vitaminization and mineralization and presents a cost-benefit analysis of the combination of the three good practices compared to normal practices.
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    Zero-grazing of improved cattle breeds using drought-tolerant fodder in Uganda 2017
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    This technology describes how improved cattle breeds can benefit from an alternative grazing system, namely zero-grazing. In a zero-grazing system, the cattle are usually kept in the farm and the fodder is brought to them. Improved breeds are more productive and resistant to diseases which make them more efficient for the zero-grazing system, and in Uganda, breeds are fed with drought tolerant fodder to ensure cattle feed is also available in dry seasons. This good practice contributes to increase productivity and enhance the resilience of cattle raising to dry regions and diseases in Uganda.
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    Improved and sustainable livestock production is a national priority for agricultural development in Azerbaijan, and animal breeding and feeding are necessary components of this. In this context, cattle is the most important component of the livestock sector in the country. A large number of households keeps cows, but there are very few professional farmers. The average dairy cattle breeding household has fewer than five cows, which are sustained under extensive systems and produce an average of 1 528 litresper cow per year and 150 kg of meat per adult cattle. The level of low productivity is mainly caused by poor quality of feed, absence of concentrates, and a lack of correct animal reproductive practices. In addition, pastures are not properly managed, the forage is of poor quality, while good quality silage is not produced due to insufficient knowledge and technology. Against this background, the main objective of the project was to improve cattle productivity by establishing appropriate breeding management and strengthening services for artificial insemination (AI) and feeding systems.

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