Fri, Feb 08, 2013 - Page 5 News List

Changhua farmer delivers the goods

LABOR OF LOVE:Starting with 30 cows, a farmer from Erlin Township has worked hard to build an impressive dairy herd, saying he is hopeful for the industry’s future

By Chung Li-hua and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

Hung’s son, Hung Ming-tsung (洪銘聰), graduated from the department of animal husbandry at the Chinese Culture University.

He has introduced new technology and modern concepts, including online monitoring to help manage the farm.

Now each animal’s condition can be recorded, even down to how many steps they take in a day.

A 3D ultrasound machine has replaced the need for the farmer to put his arm into the animal’s rear for a “hands-on” health check.

Hung Chang-chin says that the nation’s dairy industry is very labor intensive, which deters young people from entering it.

“The number of dairy farmers has declined from a few thousand at its peak, to about half of that amount now,” he said.

Hung Chang-chin was elected chief supervisor of the dairy farmers’ association last year.

He hopes to improve the quality of life for dairy farmers, and for the industry to become sustainable in the long term.

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