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Title: Farm buildings and working conditions on goat farms: the current situation in Trás-os-Montes (Portugal) and future developments
Authors: Barbosa, José Carlos
Fitas da Cruz, Vasco
Keywords: Farm buildings
Working conditions
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Institut de l'Èlevage
Citation: Barbosa, José Carlos; Fitas da Cruz, Vasco (2009) - Farm buildings and working conditions on goat farms: the current situation in Trás-os-Montes (Portugal) and future developments. In European Forum "Livestock Housing for the Future", Lille. p. 59-64. ISBN 978-2-84148-772-1
Abstract: In the region of Trás-os-Montes (Portugal) goat breeding is a fairly significant activity, not only in terms of meat and milk production, but also because breeders operate within an underdeveloped region where agriculture is the main activity and alternative economic activities are extremely scarce. Goats are raised in extensive systems; flocks are small and sourced mainly from local breeds. Generally, buildings and facilities are simple, supplying shelter and meeting the basic needs of the animals. Breeders' association and producers are keen to develop goat raising and improve goat products. We worked with these stakeholders to carry out studies to characterize farm buildings used in goat farms; to identify the constraints and deficiencies of these buildings; to study the work and tasks performed by the breeders inside these buildings; and to improve milking and working conditions on goat farms. Many buildings have limiting features and lack adequate facilities or equipment. In future, it is advisable to provide technical support to breeders in order to improve buildings and goat housing conditions.
Peer review: yes
ISBN: 978-2-84148-772-1
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