Although feed is a major constraint in smallholder systems, upgrading of feed resources is often driven by enhanced market access for livestock products.
In one of our sites in Vietnam, intensive grass production for stall feeding to cattle has taken off in a big way. In part, this has been driven by enhanced access to distant cattle markets in major cities. Having a market for high quality beef makes it worthwhile for farmers to invest in better feeding for cattle.
This work is reported in a recent working paper by Truong Tan Khanh of Tay Nguyen University and his colleagues in Vietnam. Download the report: Assessment of cattle marketing in Ea Kar district, Daklak, Vietnam in 2008
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