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Title: Some considerations about the contribution of small ruminants to bovine farming systems sustainability
Other Titles: Changes in sheep and goat farming systems at the beginning of the 21st century : research, tools, methods and initiatives in favour of a sustainable development
Authors: Costa, Ana Alexandra Vilela Marta Rio
Poeta, Alexandre
Keywords: sustainability
sheep and goat
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Based on a set of indicators, identified by using the MESMIS methodology (Framework for Evaluation of Natural-Resource Systems Handling through Sustainability Indicators), we perform a relative evaluation on economic, social and environmental sustainability aspects, between farms with bovines of Maronesa breed and sheep and/or goats for meat, and farms only with bovine Maronesa breed in their production area (mountain chains Marão-Alvão-Padrela). The results show that simultaneous production of the three species presents better economic, social and environmental results. The differences are more accentuated on economic indicators and less evident when the financial supports provided to the current activity are considered.
Peer Reviewed: yes
Document Type: Article
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