Archivos Latinoamericanos de Producción Animal, Vol 25, No 1-2 (2017)

Tamaño de la letra:  Pequeña  Mediana  Grande

Opportunities and challenges of integrated systems in animal production: emphasis on silvopastoral systems

Domingos S. C. Paciullo

Resumen


Use of integrated crop-livestock-forest systems can be an important strategy for increasing the sustainability of animal production in tropical regions. The benefit of such systems include increased soil
fertility and conservation, improved thermal comfort for the animal, increased forage quality and possible income diversification, in addition to increased atmospheric carbon sequestration. The
challenges to development of these systems are related to high economic investments and lack of competent technical assistance. The benefits of integrated systems depend on achieving balance among its components, as competition for resources for growth can render the system unsustainable.

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