FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Workshop on sharing experiences on cattle breeding activities among smallholders

Budapest, Hungary, 01/12/2022 - 02/12/2022

In developing countries, livestock production represents an important part of the agricultural sector with a great role to sustainable farming. Besides being an important food source, livestock can also provide income, energy, and fertilizer, as well as employment, and can be useful in weed control and utilization of marginal lands. With appropriate development activities, the productivity of the sector can be increased, and its adaptability to diverse and changing production environments can be improved. Furthermore, well designed development programmes of local breeds can also contribute to preserving genetic diversity of ecosystems that is a prerequisite for sustainable production.

In order to facilitate implementation of successful activities on cattle breeding in Europe and Central Asia, FAO, with the support of the Czech Ministry of Agriculture, is organizing a workshop on sharing experiences on cattle breeding activities among smallholders. The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts and sector representatives to share knowledge, skills, and successful initiatives on this field, with a particular emphasis on cattle production.


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Day 1


Czech experience in FAO and cattle breeding
Karolina Bartošova, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic

FAO’s work on cattle breeding
Tibor Szücs, Livestock Production Consultant, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Livestock breeding programs in low-income countries
Gábor Mészáros, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Beef cattle in the Czech Republic
Kamil Malát​, Czech Beef Breeders Association​

The development of effective ruminant breeding​ programmes in Ireland from science to practice​
Alan Twomey​, Teagasc, Moorepark, Ireland​

Experiences of SAVE Foundation on indigenous cattle breed conservation:​ Example BushaLive Project
Waltraud Kugler, SAVE Project Director St. Gall Switzerland

Current Situation of Artificial Insemination​ in Armenia
Mikayel Haykuni, PhD​, Strategic Development Agency (SDA) Armenia

Albania - current situation of cattle breeding
Petrit Dobi, Executive Director of RASP

The cattle breeding in Montenegro
Prof. Dr. Milan Marković, University of Montenegro, ​Biotechnical Faculty​

Armenia - current situation of cattle breeding
Levon Ter-Isahakyan, Head of Animal Husbandry Department of the Ministry of Economy of the RA, PhD ​

Georgia​ - current situation of cattle breeding
Davit Goderdzishvili, Professor, Deputy Head of Veterinary Department

Kyrgyzstan ​- current situation of cattle breeding
Aliaskar Kuntubaev​, Tengis Agro Peasant Farm

Настоящее состояние животноводства - Республика Узбекистан (in Russian only)
Сафаров Хуршид., Бахриддинов Фаёзиддин

Group work Day 1

Day 2

Re-establishing and breeding of Carpathian Brown in Hungary
Miklós Rudolf, Cselószki Tamás, Carpathian Brown Breeding Association, Hungary

The sustainable conservation of Hungarian Grey Cattle​
Ferencz Attila​, Vice president, Fülöp Gyula Ph.D. , Vice president​, Kaltenecker Endre, Leader of Breeding programme​, Hungarian Grey Cattle Breeders’ Association​

Beef and dairy production systems​ in the Czech Republic​
Luděk Bartoň​, Institute of Animal Science​, Praha - Uhříněves​

Effects of the Ukrainian-Russian war on Albania dairy value chain​
Dr. Orjon Xhoxhi​, FAO – AL​, Agricultural University of Tirana

Coordination and technical assistance of project: Development of beef cattle breeding system in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zuzana Biniova,Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague​, Natural, s.r.o.​, Czech Beef Breeders Association

Животноводство в Азербайджане (in Russian only)
Министерство Сельского Хозяйства Азербайджанской Республики

Group work Day 2