September 20, 2017

Friesian cattle flourish thanks to New Zealand’s input

Technical assistance from New Zealand has benefitted cattle farmers in Meiktila. Photo: Chan Tha
Technical assistance from New Zealand has benefitted cattle farmers in Meiktila. Photo: Chan Tha

Cattle breeders in Nyaungpintha village in Meiktila Township said that technical assistance from New Zealand is reaping benefits in breeding of Friesian cows. Friesian cattle are valued for their high-quality dairy output as well their lean meat.
Breeder U Khin Maung Win said he had previously bred around 700 Friesian cows, but they did not produce milk – a failing he attributes to a lack of his experience. He said that since receiving technical assistance from a group of experts from New Zealand, he has been able to breed 220 milk-producing cows. The milk produced is sent to a condensed milk factory.
“The main factor to success is understanding how to use available technology,” he said.
The breeder has 20 acres of pasture and the experts visit his farm once a month. He recently received the Best Livestock Breeder Award from President U Thein Sein.
U Khin Maung Win also cultivates crops such as maize, sesame, rice and sunflowers on his 120-acre plantation. He said he has plans to turn his land into a collective farming project where he will pass on new skills to his fellow farmers.
“This would be really beneficial to the community,” he said.

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