USAID Donates Equipment to Support Albania's Livestock Farmers

Farmer receives ultrasound equipment for his livestock
More than 250 farmers received training, supplies, and equipment to improve Albania's livestock sector.
Erald Lamja, AAC-Lushnja

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 14, 2016

On October 13, USAID Representative, Catherine Johnson, attended a closing ceremony for USAID’s interventions to Albania’s livestock sector in areas affected by the 2015 flooding. At the ceremony, four ultrasound machines were donated, allowing for the proper and efficient detection of pregnancy. The donation was one of several activities organized by the Livestock Entrepreneurs Association of Albania to support farmers who lost livestock during the February 2015 flooding.

Project highlights include:

  • 6,000 doses of high genetics to improve milk production and health;
  • 790 bags of premixes as supplements of vitamins and minerals to increase milk production and improve reproduction;
  • 1,008 Calf RD capsules to strengthen newborn’s immunity;
  • 700 bags of YMCP to prevent milk fever disease in a very effective and efficient way;
  • 504 mineral licking stones as supplements for animal’s health condition;
  • 4 ultrasounds for early detection of pregnancy aiming to increase farm efficiency.

Due to the use of 6,000 doses of high genetics among other benefits it is expected that 2,117 heifers will enter into the Albanian Cattle population. This will provide an extra production of 760 tons of milk annually, or an added value of ALL 26,600,000 (approx. US$ 210,000) annually.