Armenian branch of “Heifer Project International” together with CARD Foundation held a series of trainings in four marzes of Armenia in the period of January-March 2011. Among the communities benefited from the trainings were Shika-hogh, Srashen, Nerkin Hand and Tsav of Syunik marz; Chinari and Choratan communities of Tavush marz; Debed and Shirakamut communities of Lori marz, as well as Shenik, Lukashin and Nalbandyan communities of Armavir marz.
The main topics of the training were cattle breeding, lactation, animal care, genetic improvement of dairy cattle and artificial insemination. Heads of the communities, farmers, veterinarians, animal breeders and specialists of artificial insemination took part in the trainings.
The total number of participants within the series of trainings was 237 people. With the support of CARD Foundation, seven artificial insemination specialists were trained and qualified.
In the frames of the project it is envisaged to implement artificial insemination of 440 animals in 11 communities, which in future will contribute to improving genetics of the cattle in these communities and increasing farm efficiency and income.