The central province of Nghe An has requested shaping up local livestock husbandry as local farmers tend to increase herds of buffalos and cows while tapering off pig raising.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nghe An currently records about 708,500 heads of buffalos and cows, up 6.37 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, pig breeding falls 2.7 percent to nearly 948,300.

It was due to frequent swine epidemic diseases, higher feeding costs and decreasing pork prices, leading to less profits for farmers.

The province also called upon firms to engage in animal husbandry that also guarantees consumption.

In Nghia Dan district, TH Group has developed a beef cattle farm, the largest-ever in Vietnam, with 45,000 cows, including 22,000 milch-cows.-VNA