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See detailBeef cattle systems and sustainable agriculture : measuring sustainable cattle systems in the Northern Mountainous Region of Vietnam
Hoang, Thi Huong Tra ULg; Vu Chi, Cuong; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

Book published by LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (2012)

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See detailBeef cattle systems in the context of sustainable agriculture in Bac Kan province, the Northern Mountainous Region of Vietnam
Hoang, Thi Huong Tra ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

Among livestock types, beef cattle production is ranked as a very important sub-sector in the extremely harsh natural conditions characterising the northern uplands of Vietnam, where ethnic minorities are ... [more ▼]

Among livestock types, beef cattle production is ranked as a very important sub-sector in the extremely harsh natural conditions characterising the northern uplands of Vietnam, where ethnic minorities are often concentrated on land resources which are not hospitable to crops. To help local people to escape from poverty, many organisations have initiated development projects featuring beef cattle production, but it still remains under-developed, hence the generally high level of poverty faced by farmers. <br /> <br />Thus, the study aims to assess the characteristics and appropriateness of beef cattle feeding systems, which are compared from the point of view of sustainability. <br /> <br />Stratified sampling was used to select 97 households within free-range, part-time grazing, and cut-and-carry feeding systems, which were surveyed in Bac Kan province between 2007 and 2009. The collection of field data was implemented using various survey instruments such as structured questionnaires and interview guides. Data processing consisted in descriptive statistics, correlations between the variables, and the calculation of socio-economic indicators. Based on the sample surveyed, the differences between the three systems of cattle management were highlighted. <br /> <br />Access to grazing land and its topography, the ethnicity of the communities, the relative importance of agricultural and forest production, and opportunities for off-farm employment were all factors influencing the cattle systems. Those using the “cut-and-carry” fodder system are practicing the most efficient husbandry style among the systems from both the social and economic points of view, except for lack of proper management and use of cattle manure. Manure use for cultivation in this system was limited because of the predominantly steep slope lands and the habits of the indigenous peoples. Animal manure utility was evaluated as less important in the cut-and-carry system compared to other systems practiced in the lowlands. <br /> <br />However, good prospects are seen to improve conditions in the rural uplands in the future. Thus, different strategies should be implemented to fill the gap and improve the position of farmers. The study derives helpful recommendations for farmers keeping beef cattle to strongly develop their production, alleviate poverty, and improve their livelihoods. [less ▲]

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See detailValue chain analysis of beef cattle production in different cattle feeding systems in Bac Kan Province
Hoang, Thi Huong Tra ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg; Vu Chi, Cuong et al

in The North-South Centre of the ETH Zurich (Ed.) Tropentag 2010 : World food system : a contribution from Europe (2010)

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