Michigan State helping Iraq rebuild its livestock

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Michigan State University animal experts say they're working to help Iraqis rebuild their nation's livestock industry after decades of war, oppression and mismanagement.

A group of veterinarians from the East Lansing school has been holding video conferences twice monthly with Iraqi veterinarians and livestock officials in Baghdad.

Topics include farm management, animal nutrition, biosecurity and modern breeding techniques.

The project started this fall and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA officials and translators are located at the Baghdad site during the video conferences.

Associate veterinary professor Ann Rashmir says the university has the knowledge and resources to help, and says "a country that seeks stability needs to be able to feed itself."

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