A farmer herds his cattle in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Some 30–35 million rural Pakistanis are engaged in livestock raising, with families typically keeping 2–3 cattle or water buffalo and 5–6 sheep or goats, which help them to generate 30–40% of their household income from livestock; find this and more recent information on Pakistan’s livestock sector here (photo on Flickr by Benny Lin [bennylin0724]).
‘University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) discussed possibilities of collaboration in research, training and value chain activities for the development of livestock sector. . . .
[A] two-member ILRI delegation, comprising its Agricultural Economist [N]ils Teufel and Regional Project Coordinator Sri Lanka Prof MNM Ibrahim, called on Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and discussed areas of collaboration between the two institutes. . . .
‘Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha . . . said that UVAS was actively involved in development-oriented applied research . . . .
‘Prof Pasha told the delegation that UVAS had the largest DNA bank of different species of animals while University Diagnostic Laboratory conducted the highest number of ISO-certified conventional and molecular diagnostic tests for livestock and poultry.
‘UVAS Quality Operation Lab was also producing vaccines by using local strains against foot and mouth disease and hemorrhagic septicemia, which was quite effective in both diseases at the same time, he said, . . . .
‘The delegation members said the ILRI was working on improving food security and reducing poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. They desired collaboration with UVAS in research, training and value chain activities in livestock sector.’
Pakistan’s Tharparkar cattle breed (called Brahman in Australia) is heat- and drought-resistant and provides 10 kg of milk daily (photo on Flickr by Dr. S. Ali Wasif).
Read the whole article at The News International (Pakistan): Research institute discusses collaboration with UVAS, 23 Apr 2013.