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Published on 27/05/2021

Improved sheep provide rural farmers better business opportunities

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Sheep production is a common practice throughout the Cuchumatanes region in Huehuetenango, however traditional sheep varieties, ancestral production methods and resource limitations in rural communities like Tuilam, in the municipality of San Sebastián, make sheep production less productive.

In response to this need, USAID´s Communities Leading Development (CLD) project supported 26 small-scale sheep farmers in Tuilam for the genetic improvement of their sheep, CLD provided each farmer with two sheep of an improved variety characterized for being more productive and disease resistant.

As result each family will have at least 10 sheep, to be sold to neighbor communities; the expected sale price will change from Q300 to at least Q.1,000 per unit. To ensure proper management of these, the participating families received inputs, technical training on the improvement and management of facilities, feeding and nutrition, prevention and treatment of diseases, grazing, and feed storage. 

CLD´s strategic support for rural businesses helps households to strengthen their productive capacity to increase income for more dignified and productive livelihoods.


“It takes two or three years to grow a creole sheep, then we sell it for no more than Q300 quetzals in the local market”. Faustino Escalante, CLD project participant in Tuilam.

“A three month genetically improved sheep sells for about Q1,000 quetzals in the local market making it much more profitable for the farmer”. Cesar Mendoza, CLD sheep project consultant in the area.

“I am 30 years old, and I must take care of 6 children and my sheep are the only work that I have, I am grateful because my new sheep will help me bring more money and food for my family”, concluded María Gregorio, sheep beneficiary in Tuilam.