Classification of Dairy Farms and Identification of their Weaknesses by the PRAGACC System

  • Zoe G. Acosta Gutiérrez Center for Environmental Research, Camagüey, Cuba
  • Guillermo E. Guevara Viera Center for Studies on Animal Production Development, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Univer- sity of Camagüey, Cuba
  • José M. Plasencia Fraga Center for Environmental Research, Camagüey, Cuba
  • Jorge Pereda Mouso Experimental Station of Pastures and Forages, Camagüey, Cuba

Resumen

Fourteen dairy farms from the Basic Unit of Cooperative Production (UBPC) Patria o Muerte in Camagüey, Cuba, were classified by the PRAGACC system and their principal weaknesses were detected in order to implement mitigation measures. In all farms, deficiencies concerning management of ecosystem elements were detected (subsystem I, natural resources); out of them, five farms were impaired in two variables, six in three variables, and three in four variables. Among the principal deficiencies identified for this subsystem, water availability and its inadequate use, lack of trees on grasslands, and insufficient endogenous sources as alternatives for cattle feeding were the most evident. Regarding subsystem II (others resources), six farms showed an inefficient production process mainly associated with absence of initiatives in finding energy sources and the non-utilization of certain materials for biofertilizers manufacturing. Two other farms were identified as the most affected, thus demanding a higher priority in measures implementation. PRAGACC also increased the likelihood of a priority arrangement for the remaining farms.

Publicado
2018-11-12
Cómo citar
Acosta Gutiérrez, Z. G., Guevara Viera, G. E., Plasencia Fraga, J. M., & Pereda Mouso, J. (2018). Classification of Dairy Farms and Identification of their Weaknesses by the PRAGACC System. Revista De Producción Animal, 25(2), 41-44. Recuperado a partir de https://revistas.reduc.edu.cu/index.php/rpa/article/view/2548
Sección
Manejo y Alimentación