To protect forests ranchers learn efficient grazing for cattle
Mao, Dominican Republic.- More than 500 farmers on Thursday were shown the Silvo Pasturing System, which protects the environment by using wooded areas in harmony with grazing lands.
Agriculture Ministry Livestock Dept. director Bolivar Toribio headed a field day on several thousand hectares of semiarid of lands owned by prominent rancher Italo Martinez at La Loma Guayacanes, Valverde province (northwest), where he showed how raise cattle without cutting trees.
“In fact, Mr. Italo, fines each field hand 50 pesos for cutting a tree without reason.”
The farm, which started in 1970 and produces 7 liters of milk per cow daily, served as a stage to encourage ranchers to use this system on their farms to reduce costs and contribute to protect the environment, because livestock produces more or the same with range grazing than imported feed.
Toribio said experience has shown that “we’re wrong, we’re working like countries in temperate zones which store hay for feed during the winter. We have a variety of trees rich in protein, vitamins and minerals available throughout the year, particularly legumes. Each area of the country has an enviable natural wealth.”
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