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Brazilian cattle farming reduces pastureland area and doubles production in 36 years

Brazil’s pastureland area fell by 8% between 1975 and 2011, while the number of cattle doubled, from 102.5 million head to 204 million head, says the Strategic Management Advisory at MAPA, based on data provided by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

According to the analysis, in 1975 the natural and planted pastureland area totaled 165.6 million hectares. In 2011 it had fallen to approximately 152 million hectares, says MAPA.

Between 2001 and 2009 Brazilian cattle farming productivity increased by 4.04% – among the highest in the world along with China, says the coordinator of Strategic Planning at MAPA, José Garcia Gasques.

“As cattle farming makes up a significant part of farming GDP, the increase in the production of meats affects productivity levels,” he said.

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