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Friday 19th June 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

MSD Animal Health

Women Form Backbone of Asian Dairy Farming

Developing countries across Asia would not have a functioning dairy sector without women playing a pivotal farm management role.

Numerous reports from the World Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in recent years have highlighted the importance of women in managing the milk herd and marketing the end product.

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Markets: No Dairy Price Recovery Until Second Quarter 2016. read more

Feed Management: South East Asian Dairy Farms Limited by Feed Management. read more

An FAO report into Pakistan’s dairy sector noted women as “responsible for most activities relating to animal management”.

However, FAO has noted that, as milk production becomes increasingly important to household income, the burden of responsibility placed on women wanes.

Despite this, the role of women is noteworthy, particularly so in Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Pakistan, according to dairy nutritionist Dr John Moran of Profitable Dairy Systems.

Dr Moran works with the FAO across the South East Asian region, recently focussing on Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

He told TheDairySite that a lack of grazing in the region means men spend most of the day collecting forage from roadsides and paddy fields.

“Women milk cows, feed calves and deliver milk – women are very important in dairying across Asia,” said Dr Moran. “Even in Muslim countries where women are kept down, they are the backbone of the industry.”

Production in these areas is characterised by small-holder and subsistence farming. There are big global dairies present as well as smaller local firms.

Dr Moran notes that there are increasing numbers of larger farms being developed to supplement small holder production.

“Indonesia has 100,000 dairy farmers but farms are typically between two and five milking cows,” he added. “Farmers are responsible for taking milk to collection centres. Nestle is very big and there are also local companies, for example Indomilk.

“Despite the fact that women play such an essential role in small holder dairying, it is often very hard to get them to come along to capacity building programmes that I run in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Thailand.

“The best way to get them along is to run "women only" programmes.

“Unlike the men, they often turn up in their "Sunday best" clothes, with their own note books ready to jot down the facts, and they don't require a "cigarette break" every hour or so – they’re very keen to learn something new.” read more

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Global Dairy Industry News


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Single Issue Policy Threatening UK Farming Potential
Feeding the Herd: Using Forage More Efficiently
'Farming Futures' to be Showcased at Great Yorkshire Show
Livestock Event: Better Nutrition to Enhance Farm Profitability
Loss in BCS Precedes Significant Number of Lameness Cases
Americans Urge UK Dairy Sector to Adopt Futures System
Methionine Rated for Role in Assisting Transition Cows
Changes to Two Scottish Disease Surveillance Centres


Brazilian Minister to Intensify US Beef Trade Talks

   United States

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USDA Confirms Suspicions of Organic Milk “Tightness”
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Heat Stress and Lactation Highlighted as Vaccine Disruptors
Sherrie Webb Named Animal Agriculture Alliance Chairperson


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   New Zealand

New Zealand to Include BCS in Breeding Values
GM Not to Blame for Cow Sickness

   European Union

European Feed Production Decreased in 2014
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