Ruminant Production in Increasing Animal Foods in Latin America
There is a tremendous undeveloped potential for increasing ruminant production, both beef and dairy cattle, in Latin America. Less potential exists for augmenting the number of sheep and goats. The improved animal husbandry technology currently available could greatly expand ruminant production on the vast underutilized land areas of Latin America. Most of this land is not suitable for intense tillage for human food crops, and some of it will not be needed for this purpose for decades. Increasing ruminant production is a means of making this land more productive and helpful to the total economy of Latin America without competing for man’s food sources. Because forage is of no direct use to man, ruminant production is the best method for converting it into animal products for human food and other uses, and of adding quality and palatability to the diet.
KeywordsRice Straw Dairy Cattle Beef Cattle Water Buffalo Ruminant Animal
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