The success of small ruminants production is directly linked to the husbandry practices adopted on the farms.

To foster better husbandry practices, two husbandry training workshops were conducted, featuring participants from ten Caribbean territories.

The first training programme was a 4-Day Regional Small Ruminants Capacity Building workshop, which ran from the 14th to the 18th March 2016.

The second training programme was a 5-Day Regional Small Ruminants Capacity Building workshop, which was held from the 13th to the 17th June 2016.

These training workshops were conducted as part of the NZ/CARICOM Regional Small Ruminants Development Project. This is a 2-year programme (funded by New Zealand), which focuses on building the region’s capacity in the development and application of improved husbandry practices and reproductive technologies for small ruminants.  

Goat at Hounslow, Jamaica

This section will present an overview about good management practices (GMPs) for a sheep and goat farm. 

Course Summary

Regionally, it is recognized that small ruminants production has been the mainstay of the farm family and efforts are being made to expand the economic impact and profitability of the sector. Goats and sheep have the capacity to adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions. They are hardy animals that can be kept on marginal land or rough terrain that is unsuitable for other types of livestock. They are well adapted to the climatic conditions of the region. Goats and sheep may be easy prey for predators and must be kept guarded from harm.

 

As the sector grows, producers have begun to explore new and better ways to help improve their herd / flock management and increase individual production factors and productivity. 

 

This Production Manual is addressing a need in the industry and seizing an opportunity to provide proven, practical and efficient approaches for producers to effectively manage their animals and farms in order to produce a nutritious and high quality product for consumers. The  instructions can also be used for self-assessment and/or benchmarking of individual producers.

 

Supporting this manual is the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Resource covering several aspects of Small Ruminants' Production and Management Systems. Information is  configured and  uploaded to a MOODLE platform which is currently operational and accessible via website http://csrp.cardi.org. Over the short term the platform will offer certification at varying levels based on competencies developed by studying and applying the information provided.

This module focuses on the various approaches being promoted in the Caribbean as a response to Global warming. Special emphasis is given to climate change resilience by crop selection and methods to protect both crops and animals.