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Project 1: Adopting smart beef cattle feeding techniques

In cattle raising, feeding is highly important to ensure the normal growth, development and high productivity of cattle. Feeding also improves
existing breeds and develop new ones. The term “smart beef cattle feeding” is now an integral part of livestock management that studies the scientific principles and methods used to protect the proper nutrition of cattle.

This year, FFTC collaborated with the Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in Thailand, the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) of Japan and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) to organize an international workshop entitled “Adopting Smart Beef Cattle Feeding Techniques.” Livestock experts from eight countries (including more than 100 local participants) gathered at the SUT in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand to hear the presentations of the speakers from Australia, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand.

Aside from addressing the nutritional needs of cattle raisers, all the speakers agreed that an important issue that needs to be addressed is how climate change continues to threaten livestock production in terms of rising temperature, water availability, forage, feed crop quality and quantity and diseases. Livestock experts representing their respective countries made brief presentations about their beef production including the technologies they use for feeding cattle. On the second day, more than 120 farmers attended the seminar and all presentations were translated from English to Thai. Topics focused on high beef production technology in Japan, Australia and Thailand.

Major findings and recommendations:

1.    Adopt the FTMR (Fermented Total Mixed Rations) technology as this has been found effective for utilization in the manufacturing of by-products, helps improve meat quality, enhances efficiency in production and is environmentally healthy;
2.    Determine more accurate and objective beef grading by image capture of carcasses. Gather more data and analyze the database;
3.    Classify the fattening period finely and devise the feed content and method of feeding in each period for high quality beef production;
4.    Focus on genetic improvement of beef cattle as this is the most important subject in feeding technology aside from the control of vitamins A and C; 
5.    Emphasize cattle observation to assess fattening completion;
6.    Consider the usage of cross breed cattle after F2 even if excellent beef cattle may appear in F1 by heterosis. Maintain pure breed of cattle; and
7.    Develop a system of networking between farmers and beef cattle experts.

Adopting smart beef cattle feeding techniques

SUT, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, 1-5 June
No. of participating countries: 8 (Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand,  and Vietnam)
No. of participants: 120
No. of papers presented: 16
Co-organizers: SUT, Thailand; NARO, Japan; JIRCAS, Japan
List of papers

1.    The present and future of beef production in South Korea
    - Myunggi Baik
2.    Smart feeding practices of buffaloes for improving carabeef and milk production in the Philippines
    - Daniel Lopez Aquino
3.    The adaptation of local beef cattle on different local feed resources
    - Bes Tiesnamurti
4.    The situation and new techniques about beef cattle feeding in Vietnam
    - Pham van Quyen
5.    A tendency towards using automatic machine and computer machine for feeding and managing livestock in developing countries
    - Anukuo Su
6.    Cattle production in Malaysia: current trends and challenges
    - Noraini Samat
7.    Fermented TMR Feeding system: beef quality and environmental impact
    - Kritapon Sommart
8.    Strategic plan for production of quality beef in Northeast Thailand
    - Suban Butsriphum and Pipop Piaviset
9.    Beef production in Northern Thailand
    - Payungsuk Intawicha and Wiwat Pattanawong
10.    Production of “Noto-ushi,” high quality wagyu beef in Ishikawa, Japan
    - Motohiko Ishida
11.    Introduction of carcass improvement technology utilizing carcass image database
    - Keigo Kutchita
12.    Utilization of food by-products for beef production
    - Hajime Kumagi
13.    Recommendations on high quality beef producing techniques from 40 years of beef cattle management 
    - Fumihiro Kataoka
14.    Feeding management of beef cattle in Japan
    - Osamu Enishi
15.    Wagyu beef production in Australia
    - Sally Lloyd
16.    Production of high quality TMR for improving marbling score of wagyu crossbred cattle
    - Chalermpon Yuangklang

Livestock experts, researchers, scholars and practitioners comprise the international and local participants in the seminar
held at the Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon, Ratchasima, Thailand.

Japanese livestock expert Mr. Fumuhiro Kataoka, owner of Full Dreams Farm, a beef cattle farm in Hokkaido, Japan,
delivers a presentation on “Recommendations on High Quality Beef Producing Techniques from 40 Years of Beef Cattle Management.”

Livestock experts meet in Thailand to discuss smart beef cattle feeding techniques.
Part of this seminar’s objectives is to bring together key researchers and share the current state of knowledge on
beef cattle feeding technologies, especially for beef quality improvement and productivity and
to establish an informal network committed to information sharing and collaborative research.

Dr. Sally Lloyd, speaker from Australia and representing CYO Connor Foundation, talks about Wagyu beef production in Australia.

Taiwanese speaker Mr. Ankuo Su from Hualien Animal Propagation Station talks about the use of
automatic machine and computer machine for feeding and managing livestock in developing countries.

Group photo of speakers and participants representing eight countries on the second day of the seminar. 

Dr. Osami Enishi of the Institute of Grassland Science, NARO, Japan, delivers his paper on Feeding Management of Beef Cattle in Japan.

Second day of the seminar at the conference hall. The seminar is a joint project of FFTC,
the Japan International Research on Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and
the Suranaree University of Technology (SUT).