Fattening Commercial Zebu with Grazing and Low Supplementation on Small Farms.

  • Guillermo E. Guevara Viera University of Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Lino M. Curbelo Rodríguez Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz University of Camaguey, Cuba.
  • Raúl V. Guevara Viera University of Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Carlos S. Torres Inga University of Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • María Jo Díaz National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), municipality of Sibanicu, Camaguey, Cuba.
  • Carlos U. Íñiguez García University of Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Ángel J. Aguirre de Juana University of Cuenca, Ecuador.
Palabras clave: herds, bulls, fattening, principal components, cluster


The aim of this paper was to describe and group grazing commercial Zebu bulls, with low supplementation. Forty-four beef-producing farms from several cooperatives of credits and services were studied. Their members are private
farmers from Sibanicu, Camaguey, Cuba. The farms were visited for three years,  and official records were made of each farmer for these variables: resources, animals, management, production, and economy. The main statigraph for the variables were calculated. The  average  initial weight, final weight, weight gain, and production per ha were, 202.6; 371.6; 501; and 326.2 kg, during 339.7 fattening days, respectively. The principal component  analysis (PCA) showed  a Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin coefficient higher than 0.66, and a significant Bartlett  sphericity  coefficient (P < 0.01), with self-values above 1. The two groups were made using a BIETAPIC cluster analysis.


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Guevara Viera, G., Curbelo Rodríguez, L., Guevara Viera, R., Torres Inga, C., Jo Díaz, M., Íñiguez García, C., & Aguirre de Juana, Ángel. (2017). Fattening Commercial Zebu with Grazing and Low Supplementation on Small Farms. Revista De Producción Animal, 29(1), 21-25. Recuperado a partir de https://revistas.reduc.edu.cu/index.php/rpa/article/view/1651
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