Productive profile of cattle-rearing farms in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2002

  • Cristiane de Morais Alves Ministério da Agricultura Pecuária e Abastecimento, Superintendência Federal de Agricultura
  • Elaine Maria Seles Dorneles Universidade Federal de Lavras, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária
  • Luciana Faria de Oliveira Instituto Mineiro de Agropecuária
  • José Soares Ferreira Neto Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
  • Vitor Salvador Picão Gonçalves Universidade de Brasília, Faculdade de Agronomia e Medicina Veterinária
  • José Ricardo Lôbo Ministério da Agricultura Pecuária e Abastecimento, Departamento de Saúde Animal
  • Marcos Bryan Heinemann Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
  • Andrey Pereira Lage Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Escola de Veterinária, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva
Keywords: Production characterization, Cattle livestock-rearing, Milk production, Beef farms

Abstract

A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, with the aim to assess aspects of cattle production. A multistage clustering model was used to select 2,202 farms in seven cattle production strata in the state, and a questionnaire was applied to obtain information related to the characterization of the farms and their management of animal reproduction and production. The study showed that livestock-rearing in Minas Gerais continues to be unspecialized. Triângulo Mineiro and North were the regions that used most technology and had highest beef cattle activity. The Zona da Mata region showed the least use of technology and had the smallest farms. Milk production in this state was distributed among all strata, but was concentrated among a few producers in the stratum of highest production, especially in the region of Alto Paranaíba. This study showed a great heterogeneity among the strata regarding the characteristics of type of exploitation, type of rearing, herd size, specialization and milk production. Thus, it validated the stratification established by the Ministério da Agricultura Pecuária e Abastecimento – MAPA (Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply), thereby suggesting that these strata should be maintained for further epidemiological studies.

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Published
2018-12-28
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Alves, C., Dorneles, E., Oliveira, L., Ferreira Neto, J., Gonçalves, V., Lôbo, J., Heinemann, M., & Lage, A. (2018). Productive profile of cattle-rearing farms in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2002. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 55(4), e143933. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2018.143933
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