ACIAR has funded a number of projects in PNG that have focused on developing
improved and lower cost feeding systems for smallholder semi-commercial and commercial
poultry, pig and pond fish production that maximise the use of local feed ingredients. This
research has led to, among other things, the development of concentrates for blending with
local feed ingredients for broilers, layers, pigs and tilapia; adapting the ensiling technique to
Final Report of Joint ESYS/International Livestock Research Institute/Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Tick Cost Project-Economic Impact of Tick-Borne Diseases to Livestock in Africa, Asia and Australia.
Mary Young, Rosa Costa, Gabriel Shirima, Quintino Lobo, Karim Tounkara, Penny Farrell and Robyn Alders
Livestock are vital to the livelihoods of the world’s rural poor, and vaccines are a key component of livestock disease prevention and control worldwide. Vaccines have a major role in protecting animal health and public health, reducing animal suffering, enabling efficient production of food animals, and greatly reducing the need for antibiotics to treat food and companion animals. However, these important benefits can be seriously compromised by poor vaccine storage and handling.
Ian Patrick, Geoff Smith, Hasnah, Ni Putu Sarini, Hasmida Karim, Bugie Kurnianto, Dewa Dharma, A.A.S. Putri Komaladara and Tristan Jubb
This report describes a trial in three Indonesian provinces that developed a niche market for poultry products produced on farms that implemented appropriate biosecurity activities. The aim of the trail was to test whether a market chain could provide incentives for all chain participants to produce and market these ‘Healthy Farm’ products. The trial showed that supermarket consumers were prepared to pay a premium price for meat and eggs produced on approved biosecure farms; and that the existing market can be used to improve biosecurity in smallholder poultry farms in Indonesia.