Cambodian local cattle

These small cattle are very hardy and docile, just so well suited to the heat, parasites and the low quality fodder often found in grazing areas of Cambodia. This picture is from a recent trip to Kampong Speu, Cambodia to establish my tropical legume trial as an inter row planting.

More often than not, young boys are not attending school to tend to the herd. The local people grow no grass or legume close to their houses so the young boys need to take the animals out every day to forage for feed across a large area. Generally the feed is of a very low quality but worst of all the kids don’t go to school. Their circumstances need to change. Can forages close to their village help?

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