Livestock are important to the livelihoods and food and nutritional security of small scale farmers in remote hilly areas of northeast India. As demand for milk and milk products rises, poor livestock keeping households can improve their incomes by shifting from subsistence to market-oriented production.
Such intensification, however, requires an integrated approach which addresses the need for better animal housing, nutrition, health and genetics and breeding. It requires new approaches and models to make quality animal health and breeding services available, affordable and accessible to poor livestock keepers.
A research brief by V. Padmakumar, C. T. Chacko and Keith R. Sones describes a model to deliver breeding and preventive health care services in the remote hills of Uttarakhand.
This is one of seven briefs from the Enhancing Livelihoods through Livestock Knowledge Systems partnership program in India. It sets out an impact narrative for different interventions, showing how project activities are translating research outputs to development outcomes.