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Improving farmer profits from beef cattle by using dry land forage production systems in Timor Leste

This project will improve capacity of local staff and field researchers to train farmers in Timor-Leste and help them adapt profitable tree legume based cattle production system to their farming practices.
ACIAR research (LPS/2011/004; LPS/2009/036) identified that lack of high quality forages is one of the the main constraints to improving Bali cattle productivity, especially in the dry land of Timor-Leste. The projects showed farmers how to establish and use tree legumes to feed cattle under a cut and carry system. Though few farmers adopted the feeding system, the project established a foundation for wider adoption of a profitable tree legume based feeding system in Timor-Leste's dry areas.
This Small Research Activity will train local staff to undertake systems research; define the requirements to successfully conduct the envisaged beef systems research; test the relative benefits of forage-only v forage x food crop production systems; pilot successful cattle production systems that have variable reliance on public land forage; and help farmers in the dry land areas of Timor-Leste to adopt the tree legume based feeding system.