Cuba's cattle herds grew in 2006
This advance is very important, as the past few years saw a tendency towards a reduction of the herds.
According to Enrique Rodriguez Labanino, head of the National Centre for Cattle Control (CENCOP), the favorable rainfall averages in 2006 benefited the cattle-raising areas across the country.
He noted that as pasturelands became green again and availability of fodder and water increased , some 68 thousand new births were recorded and the number of deaths dropped.
At the same time, the slaughter of animals was reduced by 100, 000 not only as a result of the increase of the average weight per head of cattle, but also as a result of a reduction in the total number of animals weakened by the drought.