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Organic and conventional dairy goat production systems in Andalusian mountainous areas

 

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Author: Mena Guerrero, Yolanda
Ligero, Montserrat
Ruiz, F. A.
Nahed, J.
Castel Genís, José María
Acosta, J. M.
Guzmán, José Luis
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Ciencias Agroforestales
Date: 2009
Published in: Options Méditerranéennes : Série A. Séminaires Méditerranéens, 2009 (91), 253-256.
Document type: Article
Abstract: Organic goat production is poorly developed in Spain. Conventional dairy goat production systems located in Andalusian mountainous areas greatly depend on pasturing which implies that its transformation to organic model is not difficult. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the viability of organic dairy goat farms –as compared to conventional–, and to study the possibilities of transitioning from conventional to organic goat production. This study was carried out in 2006 in Sierra de Cádiz (Andalusia) with the autochthonous breed Payoya. To monitor technico-economic aspects of goat farms, FAO-CIHEAM method was implemented. Results indicate that organic farms are economically viable, due mainly to low costs of external feeds and income from European Union subsidies. For transitioning from conventional to organic dairy goat production a reduction of consumption of concentrates per animal and per year and/or cultivate grain on the farm are necessary. La production caprine biologique est encore peu développée en Espagne. Les systèmes caprins laitiers dans les zones de montagne de l’Andalousie disposent de grandes surfaces pour le pâturage, et, par conséquent, il est assez facile de transformer ...
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Cite: Mena Guerrero, Y., Ligero, M., Ruiz, F.A., Nahed, J., Castel Genís, J.M., Acosta, J.M. y Guzmán, J.L. (2009). Organic and conventional dairy goat production systems in Andalusian mountainous areas. Options Méditerranéennes : Série A. Séminaires Méditerranéens, 2009 (91), 253-256.
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