Project #10424

Heifer International and Elanco in Weichang, China

by Heifer International
Apr 22, 2013

Project Report - April 2013

Yu Zhanjun feeds his cattle.
Yu Zhanjun feeds his cattle.

Yu Zhanjun, who lives in Community 3rd of Yanshang Village, Yangebai Town, Weichang County, used loans to purchase 6 cattle in 2009 in order to enrich his family. He often worked from dawn to night. When the pasture was lush in summer, he left the cattle on the mountains to eat grass early in the day. After the cattle were fed, he drove the cattle back at night. When the cattle were kept in his yard, he didn’t feed any grass for the cattle for the whole night. When the season came to winter or autumn, he followed the same procedure. The place where the cattle stayed at home was broken-down with wind blowing from four sides. At night, he just threw a bundle of dried corn stalks to cattle. The cattle didn’t gain weight and were sick sometimes. At last, in spite of his care, two cattle died. He sold the other four in autumn.  He was busy and tired of raising the cattle for nearly two years, and he didn’t gain any fact he lost more than 8000 yuan.
In June, 2012, the Heifer Project came to the village. The villagers began to discuss raising cattle to earn money. Yu Zhanjun was happy as well as fearful of the news. He took several trainings, in which the technical personnel in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Bureau taught many things about cattle, from how to choose a good cow to which temperature cattle could adapt to, which food can make the cattle grow fast, and how to prevent disease. They hadn’t heard all these things before. After returning home, he read the manual of technical skills for raising cattle they had given him carefully and understood a truth: raising cattle also requires technology. The cattle should be of good varieties and be kept in warm places and fed carefully. Therefore, Yu Zhanjun made up his mind to try again. He applied for the Heifer Project SHG (self-help group), and added the heifer project funds to money he'd saved to buy four Simmental cattle. Under the sponsorship of the government, he also built a breathable warm shed. According to the captive raising method, whether vaccination or feed formulation, whether outdoor sports of cattle or pens clean, he did all these things by his heart. 
A few months later, the cattle in his home grew well, gaining about 1 kg every day. Yu Zhanjun became more confident in his affair. His wife was grinning from ear to ear. The moment she met people, she would say: the scientific method was really good. Just see our cattle. If not in accordance with the scientific method of raising cattle, our cattle will not be healthy like those. We can expect earning more money in the coming year.


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Heifer International

Location: Little Rock, AR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Marc Bunn
Little Rock, AR United States

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