Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
Print version ISSN 0102-0935
RIBEIRO, A.R.P. et al. Characterization of dairy cattle production in Ilhéus -BA. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2003, vol.55, n.3, pp. 374-376. ISSN 0102-0935. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352003000300021.
The results show that the milk production activity in the county of Ilhéus, Bahia state, Brazil, lacks of technologies that could improve milk productivity. General information about the farms were obtained through a survey. Thirty-seven (43.5%) farms were smaller or equal to 50ha and 65 (76.5%) farms produced 50l of milk per day, characterizing these farmers as small producers. In 46 (54.1%) farms no information concerning costs, level of production, reproduction efficiency or sanity of the herds were found. In 29 (34.2%) farms the information was registered in portable computer database, six (7.1%) farms used structured index cards and four (4.7%) farms had desktop computers. Forty-one (48.2%) farms had roofed and paved milk facilities, three (3.5%) farms had not roofed but paved, in 31 (36.5%) farms the corrals were not roofed and unpaved, and 10 (11.8%) farms had no constructions.
Keywords : dairy cattle; survey sampling; milk production; Ilhéus-Brazil.