The Success of the Iskandaryan Family from Lukashin

Lukashin Cattle Breeding Project #27-0244-01

The Iskandaryan family from Lukashin, Armavir region received a pregnant heifer as a pass-on from their co-villagers in the fall of 2011. This family was one of the 26 families that received pass-on animals from those 26 original families which had been engaged in the project still back in 2008.

The family consists of 8 members: grandpa Matevos, his son Ashot, Ashot’s wife Vardanush and their 5 children-3 daughters and 2 sons.

“The pregnant heifer that we received from our co-villager has already delivered a very pretty calf. My son Davit and my daughter Ani like to take care of it. They brush and feed it, take it out for a walk. The calf likes when the children pat its head. It happily moos on seeing them”, Vardanush said.Davit with his favorite calf The Iskandaryans, the Vet Levon and the calf

“After the delivery we started to get the benefits of the cow. Now it provides fresh milk to us daily. The children like to drink a cup of milk before going to school in the morning. Vardanush prepares cheese and butter from the milk. My son Davit adores bread and butter with the jam prepared from the apricots from our garden. Heifer’s assistance is indeed very helpful for us”, Ashot added.

Ashot and Vardanush share the work on the farm. Ashot cleans the barn, gets hay for the cow and the calf, and takes the cow to the pasture. Vardanush milks the cow, feeds and brushes it. She is also responsible for processing the milk. Her elder children help her in most household tasks. The younger ones either help with whatever they can or watch attentively to learn what they don’t know.

Ashot and Vardanush grow grapes and apricots in the garden behind the house and also cultivate their small piece of land which is about 1 km away from the house. Here they grow cabbages which they sell to generate additional income. Grandpa Matevos is responsible for watering the apricot and grape trees and the cabbage plants.

The family is very happy for having received support from Heifer. They are thankful to Heifer for assistance and hope they will have more success when their small family farm increases.

By Liana Hayrapetyan

Communication and PR Officer