Small ruminants, such as sheep and goats, fit well into smallholder farming systems: cheap to buy and maintain, easy to work with and to market, they are widely distributed throughout the world, but policy-makers and administrators tend to overlook their contributions to the economy and rural and peri-urban livelihoods. [NOTE: The main target audience for the FAO Diversification booklets are people and organizations that provide advisory, ...
Series: FAO Animal Production and Health PapersIn facing ever more limited resources and changing market conditions and in the attempt to enhance productivity for strengthening livelihoods, many technologies have been used to improve feed use and animal performance at the faro level. A particularly successful example, in terms of both geographic range of use and relative simplicity in formulation and preparation, is the urea-molasses mu
Series: FAO Animal Production and Health PapersThis publication describes the national programme on animal production based on crop residues, which has been the base of the rapid development of the ruminant sector in China during the last decade. The use of crop residues, as the most abundant and widely spread fodder resources, has been regarded as the turning point to resolve the feed problem of the country.
Series: FAO Animal health manualsPeste des petits ruminants - also known as goat plague - is posing an increasing threat to food security in Africa and Asia. Because of similarity with other diseases, diagnosis is not always straightforward. This manual aims at making all concerned with the health of small animals aware of this disease and recognize it rapidly when it occurs. The text has been kept at a basic level for use by non-veteri
Series: FAO Animal Production and Health PapersGastro-intestinal nematode parasitism is one of the most important disease constraints to small ruminant production in the sub-tropics and tropics control of the gastro-intestinal nematodes particularly Haemonchus contortus and Trichostrongylus species is a prerequisite for profitable small ruminant production. Strategies for the control have up till now relied almost entirely on the use of