student profile: Miss Katherine Ashley


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Thesis work

Thesis title: The socioecnomic impacts of improved smallholder livestock production in Cambodia

Supervisors: Russell BUSH , Peter WINDSOR

Thesis abstract:

Livestock production plays a significant role in the Southeast Asian region with the majority of the population relying on livestock for their livelihoods. Livestock not only represent a protein source for human consumption but are also used for trade, asset storage and labour such as draught power and transport. In Cambodia, most rural households own a combination of cattle, buffalo, pigs and poultry and either keep these animals for asset storage, labour and manure or trade them for income.Whilst these smallholder systems achieve their basic purpose in maintaining a subsistence lifestyle, it has become evident that these producers need to shift from being livestock keepers to livestock producers in order to increase their family’s livelihoods and achieve a better standard of living. Recent improvements through the uptake of forage growing for cattle consumption and the use of vaccinations to protect cattle against diseases has improved production and resulted in increased income and time savings for the smallholder. Future improvements are however needed in order to improve production levels and ensure the reported benefits to smallholders are continued. Current research adopting a whole of village approach to animal health is hoped to decrease the incidence of endemic livestock diseases in the region and further improve productivity and profitability. The proposed research aims to measure the socioeconomic benefits to smallholders as a result of project interventions and highlight the role of livestock in improving livelihoods and alleviating poverty.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Matsumoto, N., Nampanya, S., Khounsy, S., Young, J., Ashley, K., Bush, R., Windsor, P. (2017). Challenges for beef production in smallholder communities with low reproductive management skills: a case study from Northern Lao PDR. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(1), 87-96. [More Information]
  • Olmo, L., Ashley, K., Young, J., Suon, S., Thomson, P., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Improving smallholder cattle reproductive efficiency in Cambodia to address expanding regional beef demand. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(1), 163-172. [More Information]
  • Olmo, L., Ashley, K., Young, J., Suon, S., Thomson, P., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Improving smallholder cattle reproductive efficiency in Cambodia to address expanding regional beef demand. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(1), 163-172. [More Information]
  • Zhang, A., Young, J., Suon, S., Ashley, K., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Investigating the financial impact of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome on smallholder pig farmers in Cambodia. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(4), 791-806. [More Information]
  • Young, J., Suon, S., Olmo, L., Bun, C., Hok, C., Ashley, K., Bush, R., Windsor, P. (2017). Investigation of smallholder farmer biosecurity and implications for sustainable foot-and-mouth disease control in Cambodia. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, , 1-13. [More Information]
  • Young, J., O'Reilly, R., Ashley, K., Suon, S., Leoung, I., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2014). Impacts on Rural Livelihoods in Cambodia Following Adoption of Best Practice Health and Husbandry Interventions by Smallholder Cattle Farmers. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 61(Suppl. 1), 11-24. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Ashley, K., Sothoeun, S., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2014). The Socio-Economic impact of improved forage availability and animal health knowledge on cattle production systems Cambodia. XXVIII World Buiatrics Congress, Werribee: Australian Cattle Veterinarians A Special interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association Limited.

2017

  • Matsumoto, N., Nampanya, S., Khounsy, S., Young, J., Ashley, K., Bush, R., Windsor, P. (2017). Challenges for beef production in smallholder communities with low reproductive management skills: a case study from Northern Lao PDR. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(1), 87-96. [More Information]
  • Olmo, L., Ashley, K., Young, J., Suon, S., Thomson, P., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Improving smallholder cattle reproductive efficiency in Cambodia to address expanding regional beef demand. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(1), 163-172. [More Information]
  • Olmo, L., Ashley, K., Young, J., Suon, S., Thomson, P., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Improving smallholder cattle reproductive efficiency in Cambodia to address expanding regional beef demand. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(1), 163-172. [More Information]
  • Zhang, A., Young, J., Suon, S., Ashley, K., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2017). Investigating the financial impact of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome on smallholder pig farmers in Cambodia. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 49(4), 791-806. [More Information]
  • Young, J., Suon, S., Olmo, L., Bun, C., Hok, C., Ashley, K., Bush, R., Windsor, P. (2017). Investigation of smallholder farmer biosecurity and implications for sustainable foot-and-mouth disease control in Cambodia. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, , 1-13. [More Information]

2014

  • Young, J., O'Reilly, R., Ashley, K., Suon, S., Leoung, I., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2014). Impacts on Rural Livelihoods in Cambodia Following Adoption of Best Practice Health and Husbandry Interventions by Smallholder Cattle Farmers. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 61(Suppl. 1), 11-24. [More Information]
  • Ashley, K., Sothoeun, S., Windsor, P., Bush, R. (2014). The Socio-Economic impact of improved forage availability and animal health knowledge on cattle production systems Cambodia. XXVIII World Buiatrics Congress, Werribee: Australian Cattle Veterinarians A Special interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association Limited.

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