Nicaragua's Livestock Potential

The main factors are a herd of 5.8 million head of cattle, programs which give impetus to the activity, and the opportunities provided by the AA with the EU.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

According to breeders and industry to date number of cattle could be higher than that amount recorded in the IV National Agricultural Census (4.2 million head). Onel Pérez, executive director of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Beef Exports (Canicarne) , currently estimated that the herd could be 5.8 million head.

This continues to be the country's main export. Up until September, foreign sales of meat totaled $272.8 million, $71.2 million for cheese, $50 million for milk and $30 million for live cattle.

However, "in terms of livestock productivity there has not been any advancement, and this is a work in progress, said Executive Director of Canicarne. Currently the birth rate is 50%, which should be enhanced so that the herd can grow further" , noted an article in Elnuevodiario.com.ni.



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