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MERCY CORPS MONGOLIA IS WORKING WITH HERDERS TO IMPROVE BEEF CATTLE PRODUCTION TO MEET CURRENT MARKET DEMANDS FOR BEEF

Mercy Corps Mongolia is working with herders to improve beef cattle production to meet current market demands for beef. On January 31st, a five-party stakeholder workshop was held in Darkhan which brought together “Khushaatiin Khamtiin Khuch” cooperative members from Khushaat soum, Selenge aimag, Khushaat soum officials, Department of Agriculture officials from Selenge aimag, Khugnu Meej Consultant team members, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry (MOFALI) officials to discuss progress to date and lessons-learned with beef cattle development in Khushaat. Discussions took place regarding cattle breeding, animal health, MOFALI cooperative policies, range management, and future plans. The Khushaat beef cattle project is being implemented as part of the Resilient Communities Program which aims to build resilience for rural people and support livestock sector development. In the long run, Mercy Corps hopes to assist Mongolians improve their beef industry by improving animal health services, beef cattle breeding and introducing improved animal husbandry practices, forage development and range management. Please see below highlighting quotes from the discussion:

“Khushaatiin Khamtiin Khuch” cooperative head O. Bat-Ochir: “Our cooperative will aim to meet country’s existing demand by supplying healthy and qualified beef.”

M. Baasanjargal, Specialist of Livestock Division, Food and Agriculture Department, Selenge aimag: “Our division will be supporting qualified cattle breeding and intensive farming and in the future, even Mercy Corps Mongolia’s project ended, we will be collaborating with “Khushaatiin Khamtiin Khuch” cooperative continuously.”

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