Livestock Systems

Intensification of beef cattle production in upland cropping systems in Northwest Vietnam

Project code
AUD 1,724,210
Research program manager
Dr Anna Okello
Project leader
Stephen Ives - University of Tasmania
Commissioned organisation
University of Tasmania
JAN 2017
DEC 2022
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project is improving the income of smallholder cattle producers through intensification of beef cattle production and increased market linkages in mountainous crop-livestock systems in the north-west of Vietnam. 

Vietnam’s north-west is one of the country’s poorest regions, with 80% of households’ income from agriculture and forestry. Livestock production is a pathway out of poverty. 

Increased production in the region is constrained by feed and forage availability and animal exposure through long cold winters. Grazing-based livestock systems compete for land with expanding crop production. This in turn has increased soil erosion and sedimentation of waterways, making the current crop-livestock system unsustainable. 

Current cattle husbandry practices and sales are linked to culture, ethnicities and the isolation of communities. This isolation is often synonymous with poor linkages to urban markets, misunderstanding of demand/supply dynamics and limited information exchange along the beef value chain. Smallholders are not capitalising on increased demand. 

Increased beef cattle production in the highlands is seen as a priority to alleviate poverty and address environmental issues of intensified cropping, such as erosion. 

Expected project outcomes

  • Adoption of innovative practices by farmers.
  • Increased growth and reproduction of cattle, and increased sales will improve household incomes by at least 32%.
  • Improved market understanding and linkages between farmers and traders.
  • Profitable cattle feeding systems, integrated with cropping.
  • Improved environmental sustainability.
  • Improved gender equity and education for children.
  • Increased market access and understanding of demand and opportunities. 
  • Improved information exchange leading to a resilient beef value chain.
  • Increased technical knowledge among farmers on integrating cropping and livestock, forage and feed production and animal management.
Key partners
Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Dien Bien
Hanoi Agricultural University
National Institute of Animal Sciences
Swinburne University of Technology
Tay Bac University
Thai Nguyen University
University of Queensland
Vietnam National University of Agriculture
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Fact sheet LPS/2015/037