Jerry Nolte, Julio Cisne and his herdsman evaluating Julio’s pastures near Matagalpa
For many small cattle farmers in Nicaragua, these factors have led to reduced farm income and quality of life. Unfortunately, many areas of Nicaragua suffer through extended periods with little or no rain (dry season) which can place further stresses on a farmer's herd. The high maintenance and input requirements for these large animals can further reduced income per manzana (the Nicaraguan land measure equal to 1.74 acres). Nicaraguan livestock producers in these tough climatic conditions need access to records on their calving cycles so they can plan according to season. Moreover, there is an impending need to expand and improve artificial insemination as well as the tracking of conception rates, pregnancy rates, and the reproductive efficiency of the cattle herd.
Victor Ivan Diaz Mendez, Norberto Zamora Rivera, Jerry Nolte, Omar, and Tony Jilek discussing individual cow records and their importance to selection and genetic improvement at Victor’s farm at Pantasma
Tony Jilek, Jerry Nolte and Leonardo Castro discussing modern calf raising system at Leonardo’s farm at San Ramon
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