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 March 03 2017

Learn the smart techniques of feeding beef cattle in a seminar and training course happening from June 2-3 at the Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in Thailand. FFTC is organizing this seminar training course together with SUT, the National Agriculture and Food research Organization (NARO) and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS).

In the developing countries of the Asian and Pacific Region, especially in South-East Asia, the proportion of beef cattle is normally higher than that of milking cows, and small-scale farmers (SSFs) in this region keep large livestock as beef cattle for rather longer period. Although its value as household effects can be recognized, the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as methane from enteric fermentation, methane and nitrite oxide from the cattle’s manure increases. Furthermore, there are also risks involved such as increase in the number of diseases brought about by carelessness in animal management.

FFTC conducted the AAAP 2016 satellite workshop on “Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases and Adaptation to Climate Change in Livestock Production Systems” co-organized by NARO and JIRCAS in August 23rd, 2016. Workshop results revealed that the most effective method of reducing GHGs from animal production systems is to do it on per a unit of animal product. It was also pointed out that dissemination of research results to farmers or extension workers is the most important issue. Other issues discussed were as follows: 1) The use of low-quality forages will increase the amount of methane produced per unit of animal product while the use of forages with high-solubility carbohydrates reduces the level of hydrogen available for methane production (Moss et al. 1995); 2) The TMR (Total Mixed Rations) system could undoubtedly make an excellent contribution to GHG mitigation and carbon recycling in terms of life cycle assessment (LCA) (Shinkai 2016); and 3) The potential of GHG emission mitigation is suggested by changing feeding management from extensive to intensive feeding management production system by 25% in Thailand (Ogino et al. 2016).

Furthermore, the introduction of Smart Beef Cattle Feeding Techniques will improve not only productivity but also the quality of meat with higher fat content etc. These techniques also can increase the utilization and efficiency of feed resources which can be obtained in this region. Taken together, the outcome of this practice will bring higher income to SSFs and also will contribute to the environmental sustainability.

Objectives:

  • Conduct training for regional livestock farmers on the design of feed composition contributing to the environmental sustainability in their own language
  • Bring together key researchers and share the current state of knowledge on beef cattle feeding technologies, especially for beef quality improvement and productivity
  • Establish an informal network committed to information sharing and collaborative research

Date: 1 to 5, June, 2017

Venue: Suranaree University of Technology, 111, Maha Witthayalai Rd, Suranari, Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000, Thailand

Speakers:

15-20 theme speakers and country reporters from Thailand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia

Expected participants:

  • Maximum of 200 participants to include regional farmers, extension workers, and animal feeding experts from universities and NRS in the AP region
  • High quality beef producing experts from the Asian and Pacific countries
  • Experts from various R&D institutions and the academe with actual experiences in smart beef feeding techniques

Tentative Themes: (subject to change in accordance to the speakers)

  • Training of regional livestock farmers on the calculating method of feedstuff contents and the smart feeding techniques translated in Thai language
  • Introduction of Japanese cattle breeding, raising and feeding strategies to get high marbling, and feeding system for beef cattle in Japan
  • How to formulate TMR for feeding beef cattle using agricultural by-products available in the Asian and Pacific region
  • Advanced techniques on smart cattle feeding system including TMR, fermented TMR, silage, and TMR center that are suitable for the rural areas

Tentative Program:

June 1 (Thu)    Arrival of overseas participants

June 2 (Fri)     Technical seminar for scientists/academicians, country reports, FFTC sponsored banquet

June 3 (Sat)     Training course and high quality beef cattle raising seminar for regional livestock farmers

June 4 (Sun)    Technical tour, closing ceremony

June 5 (Mon)   Departure of overseas participants

Fee: No registration fee for attending as observers.

Expected Outputs:

  • Common understanding of the smart beef cattle feeding techniques and the differences of each countries between the Asian and Pacific region
  • Understanding and finding the feed resources which are available for TMR systems in the tropical area
  • Learning on feeding techniques for improving beef quality especially for making marbling beef
  • Awareness and capacity of beef cattle farmers and extension workers enhanced
  • Providing know how of capacity building for farmers using their own language
  • Establishment of possible networking platform of cooperation to discuss future research needs in the Asian and Pacific region

Co-organizers:

  • Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand: Rangsun Parnpai:
  • Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) for the Asian and Pacific Region: Akio Takenaka <akio@fftc.org.tw>
  • National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan: Osamu Enishi
  • Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS): Tomoyuki Suzuki <suzukito@affrc.go.jp>