Extensive Dual Purpose Goat Production System in the Municipality of Capitanejo, Santander, Colombia
The Chicamocha Medio is an ecoregion where the goat culture is considered an important economic activity for the peasant families. Therefore, it was proposed to identify goat management practices to generate specific information that is useful for institutions in different scenarios. A non-probabilistic sample was taken from 33 goat production units from nine municipalities of this region. The diagnosis was made through a semi-structured survey on: 1. plots classification, 2. technical support, 3. livestock inventory, 4. goat facilities, 5. productive aim, 6. herd management, 7. sanitary plan, 8. type of productive system and food and 9. biosafety. It was established that the goat culture is developed in smallholdings with an average inventory of 59 heads, with adapted infrastructure and low technological inclusion. The predominant productive purpose is meat, its management is traditional in a semi-confined system and the main health problem referred to is gastrointestinal parasitism. It is concluded that the management of the flock is traditional with low technological inclusion, the sanitary problems are of infectious origin and the solutions offered to this productive line are very incipient.
Special thanks to Clara Viviana Rúa Bustamante (Country Representative for Colombia) for this information.
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