U.S. Agency for International Development

Livestock-Protein Cluster

Black and white cow drinks from troughLivestock Feedlots:  To make quality meat more available, USAID-Inma supported the development of ten beef and lamb feedlots.  These 10 feedlots have a capacity of 4,200 head of beef and 3,600 head of sheep yearly.

Forage Demonstrations-Alfalfa:  USAID-Inma is working with farmers in six sites to demonstrate large scale production of a high-yielding variety of alfalfa hay, which is critical forage for the feedlot and dairy industries.  Several field days and technical trainings were conducted at the site to demonstrate the mechanized cutting and baling of hay.

Feed Mills:  USAID-Inma is increasing the availability of high quality cattle, poultry and fish feed by upgrading six feed mills. USAID-Inma also supported farmer associations to purchase feed from the upgraded mills and sell it to their members.

Forage Demonstrations-Millet:  USAID-Inma is working with farmers to demonstrate large scale production of a high-yielding variety of millet nutrifeed variety, alternative forage for the feedlot, and water buffalo dairy industries.

Aquaculture Program:  To revive the Iraqi aquaculture industry, USAID-Inma addressed five constraints to fish production and productivity:  water aeration, genetic quality of fish stock, appropriate quality fish feed, live haul transport and training.  The aquaculture training program introduced improved techniques to 700 fish farmers that will increase the production, quality and growth rate of the fish.

Feed Analysis Laboratories: USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program established three feed analysis laboratories to utilize modern methods and automated equipment.  The laboratories are strategically located to serve the Northern, Central, and west areas in Iraq.  This is a primary link in establishing quality control in feed and feed production in Iraq.   

Orphans and Widows Livestock Program:  USAID-Inma is working on providing economic corral and breeding sheep for selected orphans and widows.  The program participants will receive animal husbandry training and regular technical assistance in order to develop professional modern livestock production skills.