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Living Fences for Improved Livestock Feed in Cambodian Smallholder Systems

This is a one-year USAID project supported by the Feed the Future Livestock Innovation Lab.

This project examines the effectiveness of three native tree species in creating a physical, living barrier to prevent cows from foraging on rice paddy cover crops, a common challenge encountered in Cambodian rice-based systems. The project also integrates cattle nutrition components through the help of cattle extension specialist, Jason Smith, Assistant Professor in Animal Science (Co-PI), as these tree species can serve as supplementary forage for livestock, contributing to their rice straw-based diet. Other UTIA personnel include, Tom Gill, Director of International Programs (PI); Dave Ader, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Co-PI); Amanda Kaeser, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Co-PI). 

The project comes under the Feed the Future Livestock Innovation Lab headquartered at the University of Florida.

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White cow standing in front of hay in Cambodia
Men working on farm in Cambodia
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