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Thursday, 28 June 2018 12:26

Asia-Bound: Safer pork in Vietnam

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Written by final year Veterianry Students (University of Melbourne); Samuel Duck and Madeleine Rowe (pictured) As final year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, you are afforded great opportunities to embed yourself in an array of exciting placements. As we met in the sticky evening heat of Hanoi, we could see a new and extraordinary experience lay before us. As fortunate recipients of an Asia-Bound grant led by Dr David McGill, we were hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for a two week placement in Northern Vietnam. Our visit coincided with the launch of the SAFEPork Project, a program…
Think of sardines and most people think of those that come tightly packed in a tin. But here in Timor-Leste, sardines come piled in the front of wooden canoes, their iridescent colours still bright. They come in black buckets balanced on bicycles, in bunches hanging from trees, in wreaths looped over motorbikes and in meticulously arranged rows on the side of the street. These are the small, nutritious and surprisingly pretty fish that have brought me to live in Timor-Leste to do research for my PhD. The iridescent colours of a sardine (Sardinella sp.) caught in Timor-Leste – this one…
It’s #WorldMilkDay and there’s no better time to celebrate the extraordinary research our team in Pakistan has been working on in the dairy sector there for the last decade. Since 2007, the Australian Government has supported collaborative research to increase productivity and improve livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers. I have been lucky to be part for these projects and in that time been able to see an incredible impact on not only the farmers that we work with, but also the tremendous impression on the team we have built there. We recently had Conor Ashleigh, a visual storyteller, work with…
Or maybe not. I was recently on a trip to Cambodia to set up the trials for my final year honours project: growing Mungbeans on residual soil moisture at the beginning of the dry season. My only experience with farming and farming systems is from what we do back home in Australia, so I was interested to learn about how things differ over here. During my first few days, I noticed that wherever I looked farmers were ploughing their fields, not an unusual sight I know, but they seemed to be doing it an awful lot. Once I really noticed…
Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Sneak peak; snippets from Pakistan

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  Ever wondered what it's like to conduct research in a developing country?  Here's a sneak peak!    Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Research Officer, Emma Hand, has been working on the Agriculture Value Chain Collaborative Research Dairy-Beef Project in Pakistan. This project aims to research the development of business and marketing skills of smallholder dairy farmers so that they can achieve a better market value for the…
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