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Título: Extensive beef cattle production in Portugal
Autor: Araújo, J.P.
Cerqueira, J.
Vaz, P.S.
Andrade, L.P.
Rodrigues, J.P.V.
Rodrigues, A.M.
Palavras-chave: Cattle breeds
LFA
Extensive production
Beef cattle
Data: 2014
Editora: Dipartimento di Agraria, University of Sassari, Italy
Citação: Araújo, J.P., Cerqueira, J., Vaz. P.S., Andrade, L.P., Rodrigues, J.P.V. and Rodrigues, A.M. 2014. Extensive beef cattle production in Portugal. Proceedings of International Worskshop “New Updates in Animal Nutrition, Natural Feeding Sources and Environmental Sustainability” Arzachena, Sardinia (Italy) 5th- 6th of May; p 31-44.
Resumo: Portugal, located in the Mediterranean region, one of the "Hot Spot" of the planet, has a huge variability in terms of topography, soils, climate, agriculture, traditions, resulting in a high diversity of animal genetic resources, represented by 15 native cattle breeds, most of them threatened. A significant percentage of extensive beef cattle production in Portugal is based on the use of animals, differing from north to south region, with good maternal aptitude, hardiness, a low growth performance and exceptional adaptation to the environment where they live, and especially to the local feed, naturally produced. In the north of the country and the Azores, dairy breeds predominate, while in the south beef breeds are most prevalent. Portugal is not self-sufficient in beef production, however it is possible to appreciate an market for beef produced by indigenous breeds from extensive and organic production systems. Beef from indigenous breeds is considered to be a high quality product, mainly because of the superior taste and structure of the meat resulting from the production system: slow growth rate and type of vegetation consumed. This product differentiation has allowed the enlargement of small niche markets and has led to an increase in the value of meat with a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or with organic beef. Since portuguese agriculture cannot compete on quantity or production cost with other competitors, differentiation and quality seem to be the alternatives that may stimulate rural activities in Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) and create a regional added value able to contribute to sustainable development. Extensive animal production systems can be an important component of environmental and landscape protection, as well as contribute to the decrease of the human, physical desertification of our rural areas and animal genetic resources.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.11/2360
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