Why Livestock Matter

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Livestock animals are an ancient, vital and a form of a renewable natural resource that is critical for sustainable development yet overlooked. The world’s cows, sheep, goats, and other farm animals have continuously been a source of food for man’s sustainability in their production of nutrient- dense milk, meat, egg, and other by-product which has helped to provide hundreds of families in the different countries of the world with basic livelihoods, increase in their income, food, and nutrition yet the livestock industry has not been able to garner the attention it deserves in Nigeria.

Globally, livestock is becoming agriculture’s most economically important sub-sector, with demand in developing countries for animal foods projected to double over the next 20 years. Throughout the developing world, the livestock industry is gradually becoming a means for hundreds of millions of people to escape absolute poverty as the sector contributes up to 80 percent of agricultural GDP.

However, there are a lot of factors holding back the growth and development of the livestock sector in Nigeria such as inappropriate policies, Insurgency in the northeast, rural banditry in the northwest, farmer-herder crisis in the north central, cattle rustling, poor disease surveillance and veterinary oversight, environmental factors, lack of institutional financing and access to markets. Livestock247.com as Nigeria’s first online livestock platform is using the triangle of technology, health and commerce to help in breaking the various barriers working against livestock production and livestock farmers in Nigeria.

One of the many strategies Livestock247.com is putting in place is by establishing feedlots (production facilities for livestock) in partnership with livestock farmers around the country. The farmers are organized into cooperatives of local animal feed producers and veterinary professionals. Livestock247.com equally connects these feedlots with major off-takers (buyers) of livestock around the country through the use of e-commerce.

The above strategy will ensure the supply and eventual consumption of only traceable and fit for slaughter livestock to customers as well as providing empowerment to livestock farmers, feed producers and veterinary professionals.