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ARAUJO, Gherman Garcia Leal de et al. Water and small ruminant production. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2010, vol.39, suppl., pp.326-336. ISSN 1806-9290.

Water is a nutrient of extreme importance for animals and must be considered vital in any rearing phase. The increasing scarcity of this precious natural resource has concerned different segments of society in order to find solutions for rational and sustainable use of this nutrient. Small ruminants, especially sheep and goats, have social and economic importance due to their great ability in adapting to adverse environmental conditions and using water efficiently. Thus, they might be a good alternative to mitigate the climate change effects and to generate foreign exchange and improving life condition in many places of the world. The concept of water productivity for livestock production is relatively new and there are few studies in the world, especially in Brazil. More researches and new technologies for water use in livestock production are indispensable.

Palabras clave : climate changes; goat; salinity; sheep; water balance.

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