Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2021. 1:28 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma: Farmers participated in a 1-day workshop on sheep management and production.
The workshop was held on March 17, 2021.
The workshop was hosted by the Central Farm Livestock Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Taiwan Technical Mission.
The workshop aimed to build capacity among local sheep producers by conducting training for farmers to improve sheep production rearing techniques for the overall development of the sheep and goat industry in Belize.
The Ministry says that the workshop is a part of the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project.
The objective of the project is to facilitate the production of quality breeding stocks from the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center to supply farmers countrywide with quality breeds of Dorper, Katahdin and Barbados Blackbelly at affordable prices.
The Ministry says that it plans to expand the infrastructure of the facility by constructing a new barn.
Additionally, the Ministry plans to procure another batch of breeding stock from the U.S. which includes goats of both milk and meat breeds.
The Ministry noted that it will continue to provide technical assistance for farmers throughout the country via workshops and hands-on practice to improve their knowledge and skills in sheep production.
Facilitators included sheep project technicians and livestock officers from the Ministry and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority.
Farmers were trained in general sheep husbandry practices including breeding management, herd health, and nutrition including pasture management.
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