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Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1999;12(2): 215-219.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1999.215    Published online March 1, 1999.
Environmental Conditions and Resource Management in Smallholder Dairy Farms in Thailand. I. Production Systems and Management of Resources
P. Skunmun, J. Boonsom, S. Kaewsuwan, C. Chantalakhana
This study aims to make detail examination of smallholder dairy farming systems in the Nongpho Dairy Cooperative. Forty-three dairy farms were selected from three geographical areas i.e. irrigated area, municipality area, and factory area. Within each area some number of sample farms were selected from each of the three levels of farm and animal crowdedness (very crowded, crowded, and not crowded farms). Detail data were collected during 1996 to 1997, they were socio-economic conditions of the sample farms and farmers, dairy production systems and management of resources (animals, barn, feeds, stocking rates, herd structure, animal body conditions, milk yield and milk quality, manure and farm wastes management, and other related items). Detail information useful for the improvement of farm production efficiency were discussed. It was very clear that much improvement of smallholder dairy production can be achieved if the recommendations given by this study were implemented.
Keywords: Smallholder Dairy Farming; Resource Management; Production Systems; Milk Production and Milk Quality; Animal Wastes

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