Developing profitable livestock production systems in Tibet

We aim to improve the livelihoods of smallholder livestock farmers in the cropping and agro-pastoral areas of central Tibet by increasing dairy and sheep meat production.

Agriculture and the human population are concentrated in the cropping and agro-pastoral zones of central and southern Tibet. The production of grain crops and livestock are instrumental in the livelihoods of the vast majority of farm households. However, production and household incomes are low. Inadequate nutrition is the primary driver of poor livestock production. The challenge is to improve livestock nutrition without reducing grain production or compromising the condition of pastoral areas. This will involve increasing the quality of existing feed resources through better agronomic management and investigating new opportunities to produce livestock feed from previously under-utilised land.

This project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). See the ACIAR website for more information about the project and an update on progress.

Contact Di Mayberry for more information.