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Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 151–157 | Cite as

Game-ranching in africa as a source of meat for local consumption and export

  • J. D. Skinner
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Summary

Game animals are unlikely to compete directly with domestic animals as meat producers. The evidence so far has indicated that they are not as efficient in converting feed into liveweight and doubts remain concerning disease and their management in this and other respects. On the other hand, game-ranching could supplement other forms of meat production and even replace existing farming methods in arid regions. Certain species (eland, springbok) do feed on plants and shrubs not eaten by domestic stock and game give a higher yield of lean meat. Game should be regarded as complementary, not competitive and there is urgent need for more research with this approach as well as into the basic difficulties of marketing fresh meat in sophisticated markets.

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Public Health Veterinary Medicine Como Domestic Animal Meat Producer 
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Résumé

Il est peu probable que le gros gibier puisse concurrencer directement les animaux domestiques comme producteurs de viande. Il s’est montré évident jusqu’à présent qu’il n’avait pas la même efficacité à transformer la nourriture en viande sur pied; en outre il reste beaucoup apprendre sur ses maladies et la façon de l’entretenir, sous cet aspect et bien d’autres.

D’un autre point de vue, l’exploitation du gros gibier pourrait s’ajouter à d’autres formes de production de viande et même remplacer les méthodes d’élevage existantes dans les zones arides. Certaines espèces (eland, springbok) se nourrissent de plantes et d’arbustes non consommés par le bétail et le gibier a un meilleur rendement en viande maigre. Le gibier doit donc être considéré comme une source de viande complémentaire et non concurrentielle et il est urgent d’entreprendre davantage de recherches à cette fin aussi bien qu’au sujet des difficultés majeures de l’approvisionnement en viande fraîche sur les marchés raffinés.

Sumario

Es improbable que los animales silvestres compitan directamente con los animales domésticos como productores de earne. La evidencia hasta hoy obtenida indica que ellos no son tan eficientes en convertir el alimento en peso vivo y permanecen las dudas en lo que se refiere a enfermedades y sus manejos entre otros. Sin embargo, los ranchos de animales silvestres podrîan suplementar otras formas de producción de carne y azn reemplazer métodos de explotació, existentes en algunas regiones áridas. Algunas especies (eland, springbok) se alimentan de plantas y malezas que no son utilizades por los animales domésticos y los animales silvestres dan un mayor porcentaje de carne magra. Los animales silvestres deben ser considerados como co plementarios y no competitivos y existe una urgente necesidad por mas investigación con este prunto de vista y también investigación sobre las dificultades básicas en la comercialización de carne fresca en mercados sofisticados.

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© E. & S. Livingstone 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. D. Skinner
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal and Dairy Science Research InstituteIreneSouth Africa

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