Cattle Herd Increased By 2.1 Per Cent

BRAZIL - The Brazilian cattle herd increased by 2.1 per cent last year as against 2009 and reached 209.5 million heads, according to a survey by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Agência Brasil.
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Brazil-ArabNewsAgency reports that in 2010, there were roughly 209.5 million heads of cattle in Brazil, 2.1 per cent more than in 2009, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) informed.

According to the survey coordinator, Octávio de Oliveira, the increase re-establishes the traditional herd size, after a period of intense slaughter of females from 2002 to 2006, which stemmed the increase of the herd from 2007 onward.

“In 2007 the herd size decreased, but from 2008 onwards there have been slight increments of one to two per cent. In 2010, the rate of growth was a bit higher than in the preceding year, at a level of normality, ranging from two to three per cent, explained the researcher.

The Midwest, North and Southeast regions of Brazil concentrate the largest numbers of bovines. The buffalo her increased by 4.3 per cent during the same period, and is located mainly in the states of Pará and Amapá.

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