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Traditional extensive livestock farming will disappear in Mato Grosso do Sul, says analyst

In eight years, between 2003 and 2011, the cattle herd in Mato Grosso do Sul shrank from 24.9 million head to 21.5 million head, down by 13.6%, according to the State's Farming Federation (Famasul) and the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

This reduction of the herd, according to the economist and coordinator of the Economic Technical Unit (Unitec) at Famasul, Adriana Mascarenhas, can be put down to three factors: an outbreak of FMD in Mato Grosso do Sul in 2005; the global economic crisis of 2008, and the diversification of agribusiness activities in the state.

"Farmers who used to raise their herds extensively, almost by simply leaving cattle on pastureland, are already a rare sight in the state and the tendency is that they will disappear. Currently, livestock farming demands technology. Farmers have to be rural entrepreneurs who are attuned to the market and use the technology that is available to them," she explains.

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