Congress on Sheep Meat in Costa Rica

On November 25th producers of sheep meat will be gathering together in Atenas, Costa Rica, to discuss issues such as herd management in stable and extensive systems, feeding and breeding for meat production.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The congress, organized by the Costa Rican Sheep Association (ASOVICO), will be held on November 25 from 8:30 a.m. at the Atenas branch of the National Technical University. The participation of 150 international producers, technicians and specialists is expected. 

See also: "Opportunity for sheep meat in Guatemala"

Currently, Alajuela is the province of Costa Rica which has the largest herd of sheep in the country, with a total of 9,165 animals according to the data from the latest National Agricultural Census.

According to this registry, second place is occupied by the province of Guanacaste with 8,228 sheep and in third place is Puntarenas (6,599). The Census states that Costa Rica had a total of 35,800 sheep present in 1792 farms. 

In the view of Carlos Sánchez, President of the Costa Rican Sheep Association (ASOVICO), these figures reveal that production of these smaller ruminants has gained ground, becoming an "extremely attractive" market.

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