Series of Field Notebooks
Use and management of bag biodigestors
If we treat waste correctly, we will get a healthier environment. We can replace firewood with biogas and avoid all these problems.
Clean milking is a guarantee for having good quality milk. It aims to avoid the contamination of the milk caused by microbes (invisible to the naked eye) existing in the corral and present during milking.
Spaces for cattle
On the farms, producers try to get the best production from their cattle, but the conditions are not always the best, because we have taken them out of their natural environment and sometimes submit them to inadequate handling that doesn’t meet their needs.
Trees in the pastureland
In the eighties, cattle ranchers thought a good ranch was one that had pastureland with a single kind of grass and with no trees, because it was believed that the fewer trees one had the greater the grass production and therefore the better the milk and meat yields.
Live fences on cattle ranches
Planting trees or bushes to divide pastures or fencing in the ranch is a traditional practice in Central America, and in economic terms live fences are cheaper and last much longer than inert fences, as well as producing fodder for cattle feed..
The quarantine of fresh cow
The majority of cows in Nicaraguan cattle ranches give birth to a calf ever 18-20 months; that is, the get pregnant between 9 and 11 months after giving birth.
The use of forage banks for summer feed
One of the main problems facing cattle raising, especially dual-purpose cattle, is the production of sufficient quality feed for the cattle in the dry season.
Pasture is the cheapest way producers have to feed their cattle in tropical conditions; other cheap forms also exist, such as grasses for cutting.
Managing a bramble area
When the pastures are handled badly on a cattle ranch, they are slowly lost and colonized by other plants, such as bushes or trees that are not pasture, but can be beneficial to the ranch’s productivity when given sustained management.
Managing calves from birth to weaning includes a series of important activities, in both the health and feed aspects, that all producers should know to guarantee good growth and development.
Water is life
Water is found in nature in different forms: in liquid form, as in rivers, pools, lakes and oceans; in solid form, as in snow and ice, and in the form of gas, when it evaporated from the earth toward the clouds
Good practices for conserving the biodiversity on cattle ranches
This notebook offers information about the importance of biodiversity and how cattle ranchers can increase the biodiversity with good planning on their farms and adequate management of their practices.
Fodder banks of firewood species
Fodder banks are the parts of the ranch planted with high densities of fodder species that can be used for animal feed in the dry season.