Minor livestock development program implemented in Cuba
Pinar del Río, Cuba, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) The development of minor livestock species returns today to Cuban farms with the aim of improving breeds and increasing food levels for the people.
In the farm Camilo Cienfuegos, located in the western Pinar del Río municipality of Consolación del Sur, the project is progressing based on the experience accumulated over the years in obtaining and contributing males from the Siboney de Cuba sheep breed and also the knowledge accumulated by local ranchers.
The pelibuey sheep is one of the breeding priorities , where 60 males undergo a behavioral test that evaluates grazing conditions and other qualities to choose those with the best behavior, explains Dr. in Veterinary Science Simón González, a specialist in the said Genetic Livestock Company (EPG).
The population of purely registered racial males is essential for the program that seeks to promote greater numbers of reproducers in the business and private sectors of the country.
The Creole goat is also of interest to the program. This species, with over 500 years of being raised in Cuba, has shown resistance to any bad weather conditions, says the expert.
Areas of that company's units are also used for the rearing and fattening of rabbit specimens, used for feeding workers and for local self-sufficiency, a practice booming throughout the country.
The dark-skinned Creole pig is another line aiming to replace imports. Its meat will be used in the packing plant based in the EPG which has gained prestige in the foreign currency collecting commercial network.
These projects will contribute to the improvement of the breeds, to diversify our production and respond to food demands of the nation, González said.
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