Enhancing Sustainable Milk Production

This was a one-year demonstration project in Havana Province, in which Canadian dairy farmers shared their experience in herd management with Cuban farmers to increase milk production from sustainable, pasture-based dairy units.

Improving Management Practice and Supporting Local Farmers

The project doubled milk production at the local cooperative farm (CPA) and, as the project's grass/legume rotational pastures become more established, further production increases are anticipated. This project improved income earned by cooperative members from milk production. Changes made in farm management practices at the co-operative have meant that fewer cows suffer from mastitis, calf pneumonia, or other herd related illnesses, meaning that farmers no longer have to invest in expensive medical care or for the purchase of new healthy dairy cows. The introduction of a women's calf brigade increased the economic value and status of women's work at the CPA. This project won the AMEC Award for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources or Environmental Protection in the 2007 Canadian Awards for International Cooperation.

  • Location: Havana, Cuba
  • Client: ANAP (National Association of Cuban Farmers), Agricultural Production Cooperative CPA 26 Julio (local farmers cooperative)
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