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Nutrition and Feeding Management in Dairy Cattle

The Vietnam Belgium Dairy Project (VBDP) aims to increase the income ofthe rural population by sustainable growth of the domestic milk productionin Vietnam. The project is implemented from 2005-2009 by the Ministryof Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) with technical assistanceof

Milk and dairy products in human nutrition

Billions of people around the world consume milk and dairy products every day. Not only are milk and dairy products a vital source of nutrition for these people, they also present livelihoods opportunities for farmers, processors, shopkeepers and other stakeholders in the dairy

Milk for Health and Wealth

The purpose of the FAO Diversification booklets is to raise awareness andprovide decision support information about opportunities at farm and localcommunity level to increase the incomes of small-scale farmers.Each booklet focuses on a farm or non-farm enterprise that can beintegrated

Milk testing and Quality Control

Milk testing and quality control is an essential component of any milk processing industry whether small, medium or large scale. Milk being made up of 87% water is prone to adulteration by unscrupulous middlemenand unfaithful farm workers. Moreover, its high

Milk Testing and Payment Systems

This “Milk Testing and Payment Systems Resource Book” is part of a series of practical field guides for people working in small-scale dairyingin developing countries. These field guides are produced by the livestockgroup, of the Animal Production and Health Division

Milk Quality Control

The cow’s udder is an organ divided into four separate quarters containing a complex network of various sized ducts, blood vessels, secretory cells and muscle tissue. Each quarter has one teat with its own separate mammary gland, which makes transfer

Milk and Milk Products Marketing

Until recently the dairy industry in Kenya was characterised by one major processor, the Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC). Before liberalisation of the dairy industry in 1992, KCC enjoyed a near monopoly of the Kenya Dairy market. With the emergence of

On Improved Feeding of Dairy Cattle by Smallholder Farmers

It has been observed that the milk production by smallholder dairyfarmers during the dry season is significantly reduced. During thatperiod, which might last up to six months per year, the quantity of milk,which the average farmer is able to sell

Calf Rearing Practice

Good calf rearing practices are the foundation of building out a good performing dairy replacement herd. Farmers should always think from the calf’s point of view! That means that the farmer needs to think: “what does my calf need”. Calves