Beef from the forest

By Carlos Fioranti
FAPESP – One of the highlights of the reforestation congress held in São Paulo last November was the presentation of the results of 26 years of field work by researchers from Colombia. Their research work focused on cattle raising in tree-covered pasture land, an agroforestry practice that is referred to as silvopastoral system. In Brazil, the silvopastoral system is still in its earliest stages. This system is very simple: the cattle, instead of lowering their heads under the hot sun to graze on pastureland, feed on the leaves and fruit from shrubs and trees planted in the middle of the pasture. As a result, cattle ranchers can raise up to five cows per hectare, producing an annual yield of 10 to 15 thousand liters of milk without the need to use fertilizers and hardly any dietary supplements. In contrast, cattle ranchers raising cattle on treeless pasture land raise one animal per hectare – the average in Brazil´s Amazon Region is even lower : 0.9 cattle per hectare, yielding 400 liters of milk a year per hectare. In addition, trees preserve springs, protect the soil from erosion, significantly reduce the population of disease-transmitting flies and ticks, reduce the costs of veterinary medicine, fertilizers, and pesticides, and recover part of the original biodiversity – destroyed by animal husbandry activities – thanks to the fact that they attract birds and other animals.

Click here to access the complete article
Source and Photo: FAPESP, February 2012
You also follow Labex Korea by Twitter and Facebook


13 responses to “Beef from the forest

  1. looking forward to another great article.

  2. every time i want to learn something good, i access your website, because of the great structure and coherent ideas please keep providing such good information.

  3. your content made me want to read more and more. congratulations for the work. thanks!

  4. every time i come here i am not disappointed. nice post.

  5. magazine is a kind of thing about which i want a lot of information, and i am very thankful of this site which gives me lot of information regarding jrf. i loved it.

  6. Nice website over here! I’ll just wanna say thnx for that. If you like to visit my website cherk out: sex date thanks for visiting!

  7. i admit that this article is sure a good one, keep up the work.

  8. excellent post. many thanks for sharing this resource. thanks so much for everything you’ve put into it this blog has me coming back time and time again.

  9. your post is an excellent example of why i keep coming back to read your excellent quality content that is forever updated. nice post and thanks for sharing. regards.

  10. I find the legal ramifications of this area quite debatable. Thanks for the information.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s