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A basic characterization of small-holders’ goat production systems in Laghouat area, Algeria

In order to investigate the practices of goat breeding and establish a classification of goat herds, a survey was conducted with 106 goat breeders in the semi-arid region of Laghouat. Two indigenous breeds were encountered in this survey: the Arabia and the Mekatia; the Arabia being found as the dominant. The results show that breeders choose the breeding goats with a goal of generating more income in cash from the sale of products. The goat milk marketing chain appears to be weak. The milk produced is primary used for home consumption. A multivariate analysis categorized the goat farming of Laghouat region into three groups corresponding to three different farming systems: cluster 1 (pastoral system), cluster 2 (mixed crop-livestock system) and cluster 3 (small herds in zero grazing system).

The in-depth study of the goals and contexts of goat farming in Laghouat will allow policy makers to design strategies for sustainable development of goat breeding in the region.

Title of publication: Pastoralism Research, Policy and Practice
Volume: 8
Issue: 24
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Auteur: Mourad Laouadi
Autres autheurs: Safia Tennah, Nacereddine Kafidi, Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux, Nassim Moula
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Année: 2018
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Pays: Algeria
Couverture géographique: Proche-Orient et l'Afrique du Nord
Type: Article de revue spécialisée
Langue: English
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