Vietnam's domestic cattle breeding inefficient

AUSTRALIA - Despite an overall domestic breeding industry growth of 11.6% throughout 2005, Vietnam’s small-scale agriculture and husbandry sector continues to be faced with high production costs, poor breeding quality, and safety issues according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) (4 November 2006).
calendar icon 7 November 2006
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The biggest problem facing Vietnam’s cattle breeding sector is the high cost of feed. Animal feed, which is mainly imported, accounts for 70% of the total cost of production (about 10–20% higher than other regional countries).

In addition, small-scale breeding households using low quality feed have led to poor domestic animal quality. Epidemics such as foot and mouth disease remain a permanent danger for the cattle herd,as cattle are raised in small areas where epidemics easily occur.

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