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Katherine Ashley
University of Sydney PhD student


Katherine is a PhD student from the University of Sydney investigating the socio-economic status of smallholder farmers in Cambodia that grow rice and raise livestock at a subsistence level. The aim of the research is to improve understanding of the financial status of rural households, in particularly household income and expenditure, and suggest changes that farmers can make to increase their household income and improve their standard of living.



The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has recently published a new book
in its proceedings series titled ‘Cattle health, production and trade in Cambodia. This new resource provides
a series of scientific articles detailing recent research from 3 completed ACIAR funded projects focusing
on large ruminants in Cambodia. The publication can be downloaded free from: http://aciar.gov.au/
publication/pr138


10th August 2012

Peter Windsor and James Young

The ‘Best practice health and husbandry of cattle, Cambodia’ project (ACIAR AH/2005/086) final workshop was held in Phnom Penh on the 19th and 20th of July.



30 July 2012

On the 19th and 20th of July, the final workshop for the ‘Best practice health and husbandry of cattle, Cambodia’ project was held at the Department of Animal Health and Production (DAHP), Phnom Penh. The workshop was attended by members and participants involved in the project, including staff from the University of Sydney



30 July 2012

On the 19th and 20th of July, the final workshop for the ‘Best practice health and husbandry of cattle, Cambodia’ project was held at the Department of Animal Health and Production (DAHP), Phnom Penh. The workshop was attended by members and participants involved in the project, including staff from the University of Sydney



20 July 2012

On the 28th and 29th of July 2012, a feeding trial was initiated by the Cambodian Department of Animal Health and Production and The University of Sydney.     The trial aims to investigate the effect on weight gain of target feeding individual cattle high quality forages over a 3 month period. In order to do this, 4 farmers in Takeo province and 3 farmers in Kampong Cham province were selected and their cattle enrolled in the feeding trial.



14 June 2012

Mr. Cha Ben (37 years old) and his wife manage a 3 ha smallholder farm in Tram Kok District in Takeo Province. Mr. Cha Ben was not originally directly involved the ‘Best practice health and husbandry of cattle, Cambodia’ project, however his home is approximately 15 km from project village of No Mor. In 2008 he attended a project meeting in No Mor and expressed an interest in learning about some of the cattle technologies (particularly forage growing) and approached the Project Team to request assistance.


   14 June 2012

On Thursday Project Team members visited Takeo Province to observe forage intervention progress in preparation for farmers to start establishing new forage plots at this time of year.