Developing goat & sheep production systems in Myanmar
Goats and sheep (‘small ruminants’) are important livestock species in the Central Dry Zone (CDZ) of Myanmar, often kept by poorer and landless households. They are often an important agricultural activity for women.
However, smallholder farming is usually opportunistic, with no control of breeding, little nutritional management, poor connections to markets and market demand. Smallholders could capture more value from raising SRs, especially as regional demand for red meat increases, as the CDZ is ideally located between the rapidly emerging middle class populations in neighbouring China and India.
Veterinarians, animal scientists and livelihood researchers from Myanmar’s Livestock Breeding
& Veterinary Department, University of Veterinary Science and Yezin Agricultural University, and the University of Melbourne are conducting on-farm research with smallholder farmers to improve health, management and productivity of small ruminants using locally relevant, best-practice management.
This project has five objectives:
- Analyse small ruminant value chains in Myanmar and improve capacity of farmers to target specific markets.
- Promote better nutritional management of small ruminants through use of improved feeds and feeding systems .
- Improve fertility and reproductive efficiency in small ruminant flocks through better
breeding management .
- Improve small ruminant health and reduce disease risks to increase productivity and contribute to national disease control efforts.
- Deliver benefits of small ruminant farming to the whole family—women, men and youth—and increase resilience to external threats to farming through a better understanding of family member roles.
Dr Angus Campbell
Dr Kate Gomersall Research Fellow
Dr Myint Naing, Director, LBVD, Nay Pyi Taw
Dr Aung Aung, Head, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, UVS, Yezin
Dr Kyaw Kyaw Win, Head, Department of Agronomy, YAU, Yezin