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Economic sustainability of small ruminants production in semi-arid areas of Lebanon.
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PMID:  11259874     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Small ruminant production in the near east region is facing serious constraint of feed availability. A study was conducted in marginal areas of Lebanon, using a cost-benefit analysis technique (CBA), to assess the feasibility of four small ruminant production systems ranging from semi-nomadic to settled. When the owned labor cost was included as an opportunity cost in the economic analysis, CBA revealed negative returns in all four systems. Only the settled system was profitable according to the financial analysis excluding labor cost. Moreover, feed expenses if coupled with grazing costs represented a major constraint to profitability. To remedy to the feed deficit problem, the potential of using agro-industrial by-products as feed block supplements was investigated. Simulated feed block diets, using the most available by-products, provided a better nutritive value per unit cost than hand-fed diets used in the systems studied. Preliminary analysis showed that the use of feed block diets could improve the economic sustainability of small ruminant production systems.
Authors:
S K. Hamadeh; G N. Bistanji; M R. Darwish; M Abi Said; D Abi Ghanem
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Small ruminant research : the journal of the International Goat Association     Volume:  40     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  Small Rumin. Res.     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-Mar-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9885624     Medline TA:  Small Rumin Res     Country:  -    
Other Details:
Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  41-49     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
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