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Zootechnics Control in Dairy Cattle: Survey and monitoring of indexes on small farms assisted by the Program "CATI MILK" on Regional Agricultural Limeira SP

Grant number: 10/14077-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2010
Effective date (End): May 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Animal Husbandry - Animal Production
Principal researcher:Augusto Hauber Gameiro
Grantee:Rafael Quibao Daroz
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia (FMVZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Since the mid-80 to the milk chain in Brazil has been undergoing major changes, increased consumption of dairy products worldwide has forced producers to increase production. Milk production in Brazil is often developed in small farms of familiar and represents an income capable of fixing the producer and his family with dignity on the field, but some obstacles such as fluctuations in the volume of milk produced affect the relationship between small producers and industry. In that context techniques and strategies that help the organization and increase production and profitability of dairy farming are interesting. The "CATI-LEITE," developed by the Coordination of Integral Technical Assistance, linked to the state government of Sao Paulo, has shown satisfactory results to propose low-cost technologies, but they bring significant economic efficiency in milk production in small properties, with an emphasis on forrage production and supplementation with other sources preferably locally available, such as cane sugar. This research project aims to propose, raise and monitor indicators husbandry on farms located in the Regional Agricultural Limeira, assisted by CATI, which follow the principles of Project Full Bucket (CAMARGO, AC et al. 2006). The results may contribute in order to evaluate the zootechnical and socio-economic importance of the "CATI-LEITE."

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