Livestock Research & Improvement

Mission Statement

To enhance the contribution of the Livestock sector to the economic growth and development of Jamaica’s agriculture by facilitating the exploitation of cost- effective animal production systems through the development and application of appropriate technologies.

Beef and Dairy Cattle Production Research


Dairy Research Programme

  • To understand the dairy animal and improve her productive capacity in milk production through genetic and nutritional improvement
  • To breed replacement sires for dissemination through sire service schemes
  • To develop management systems for dairy calves, and replacement stock

Beef Research Programme

  • To enhance the beef production capability and reproductive efficiency of local cattle breeds through genetic and nutritional improvement
  • To investigate the value of alternate feeding systems for growth evaluations
  • To make available replacement animals for dissemination to the farming community

Animal Nutrition, Forage and Pasture Research

  • Introduction and evaluation of improved grasses, legumes and shrubs
  • Development of management systems for pasture swards
  • Nutritive evaluation of feeds and forage species
  • Production and dissemination of forage species to the farming community

Sheep and Goat Improvement and Production Research

  • Evaluation of meat producing ability of Native and exotic breeds
  • To genetically improve litter size, birth weight, growth rate of indigenous sheep and goats through breeding and selection
  • The evaluation of forage resources through feeding and nutrition technologies for increased productivity
  • To package management and husbandry practices for increased productivity in sheep and goats
  • Multiplication and dissemination of improved stock to the farming community

Pig Improvement and Production Research

  • Evaluation of meat producing ability of Native and exotic breeds
  • Research into nutritional requirements of replacement and breeding pigs
  • Evaluation and improvement of reproductive parameters
  • Evaluation and improvement of husbandry/production systems
  • Multiplication and dissemination of improved stock to the farming community