Heifer International Nepal

1000+ Animals Examined at Free Animal Health Camp

Digopan Social Enterprise Women’s Cooperative recently organized a free animal health camp — a first-of-its-kind — at Morang Kanpokhari-6. With more than 1,000 farmers and their valuable livestock in attendance, the event was inaugurated by Mr. Tara Bahadur Kafle, the chairperson of the rural municipality, by feeding medicine to a goat to protect against liver fluke parasite.

The Cooperative was established six years ago with the help of Heifer International and Partner NGO Abhiyan Nepal. The Cooperative gained praise and admiration for organizing an event exclusively focused on the needs of livestock. The camp provided services ranging from fertility tests, pregnancy tests, dung tests, castration and medicine distribution. Multiple species of animals including goats, cows, buffaloes, pigs were given health checks during the event.

Farmer Khemnath Poudel said, “I am returning home relaxed and happy as my cow is pregnant. Normally it is very difficult for us to judge a successful conception even after six months of mating, and this was incurring us with a lot of losses.”

“Generally, pregnancy tests are done after 100 days of mating/AI, if it seems that cow isn’t pregnant then further mating/AI arrangements need to be made,” health worker Bhawani Koirala shared.

Targeting farmers of nearby villages, the health camp was a great success. The farmers in attendance were delighted that the event was completely farmer and livestock focused.

Representatives of Heifer International, Abhiyan Nepal, and Ward Chairperson made their presence felt in the event. Dr. Laxman Ghimire‍, animal infertility expert, delivered a morale boost and congratulatory message at the event.

Digopan Social Enterprise Women’s Cooperative more determined to continue their good work with livestock. With the help of the Cooperative, they are moving toward the sale of goats via a live weight approach to ensure farmers get a good and fair price for their products and to make sure quality meat reaches the plates of consumers.