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dc.contributor.authorGodinot, Florent
dc.contributor.authorSomarriba, Eduardo
dc.contributor.authorFinegan, Bryan
dc.contributor.authorDelgado-Rodríguez, Diego
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-30T17:11:21Z
dc.date.available2020-07-30T17:11:21Z
dc.date.issued2020-07
dc.identifier.issne-ISSN: 2215-3896es_ES
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11554/9475
dc.description.abstractIn the dry regions of Central America, forests in cattle ranches are used as a refuge for cattle during the dry season, and there is no much information about this practice. To determine the frequency of this practice and how it fits in farm management. We conducted semi-structured interviews with cattle ranchers in 43 farms in Liberia County, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Cattle farmers suffered from the loss of profitability due to droughts, fire, and cattle theft. Cattle browsing in the forest was used by 70 % of farms, mostly between March and May. No type of farm or feeding strategy was associated with forest browsing. The high variability in farm management did not provide a distinct classification of feeding strategies. We found a difference in farm structure and feed types between ranches in the plains and mountain slopes. The decision to use forests for browsing seemed to rely on a trade-off between animal welfare and ease of management. Traditional knowledge about cattle behavior in forests was variable and often limited to forest edges and pastures. This research shows that forests should be taken into consideration when analyzing cattle ranching in dry regions of Central America. We recommend a further study on feeding strategies and the impact of cattle on forest integrity to determine if agricultural policymakers should foster these low-costs alternatives.es_ES
dc.language.isoenes_ES
dc.relation.ispartofRevista de Ciencias Ambientales, Vol 54(2): p.20-50es_ES
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccesses_ES
dc.subjectBOSQUE SECUNDARIOes_ES
dc.subjectBOSQUE TROPICALes_ES
dc.subjectCORREDOR SECO MESOAMERICANOes_ES
dc.subjectEXPLOTACIONES GANADERASes_ES
dc.subjectRAMONEOes_ES
dc.subjectESTACION SECAes_ES
dc.subjectMANEJO DE FINCASes_ES
dc.subjectADAPTACIONes_ES
dc.subjectECOSISTEMAes_ES
dc.subjectCOSTOS DE PRODUCCIONes_ES
dc.subjectLIBERIAes_ES
dc.subjectGUANACASTEes_ES
dc.subjectCOSTA RICAes_ES
dc.subjectMANEJO DEL GANADOes_ES
dc.titleSecondary Tropical Dry Forests Are Important to Cattle Ranchers in Northwestern Costa Ricaes_ES
dc.title.alternativeBosques tropicales estacionalmente secos son importantes para ganaderos en el noroeste costarricensees_ES
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/articlees_ES


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