Man and breeding

Today in the world almost two billion people depend on livestock to satisfy their basic daily needs. The connetion between man and breeding is longstanding and has always repsented a balanced relationship between man, environment and culture: in the past, infact, cattle, apart from being employed for meat production, played and still plays a series of fundamental functions. Cattle, infact, satisfies 30% of man’s needs in terms of its nutrition – production of meat, milk and derivatives – as well as support to agricultural production as workforce. In the Mediterranean area, for example, donkey is used in agriculture for its work capacity under the typical climate conditions of this area and is still present in countries as Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, together with mule to farm the most steep and sloping lands. In the Tropics, instead, bovines contribute to the ploughing of about 60% of crops. Breeding farms, moreover, supply with their manure useful substances for soil fertilizing and in some countries manure is also used as domestic combustible. We shouldn’t forget even the economic relevance of cattle production that is a source of income both for rural and urban populations.

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