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Sheep Farming

António Monteiro

Polytechnic Institute of Viseu


economics of sheep farming breeding and reproduction management nutritional requirements feeding practices grazing forages meat dairy and wool production diseases and disease prevention hygienic management sheep behavior abnormal behavior rules and regulations

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Sheep farming contribute to maintain the landscape and the local population, especially in regions with scarce resources, some of them with high quality and unique products, as the case of PDOs (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGIs (Protected Geographical Indication) in the European Union. It is important to make sheep farming more efficient, more attractive and more valued, but the formula for achieving this depends on a wide range of factors, such as the management of feed, reproduction, health and animal welfare, which are one of major challenges for farmers and service providers in this area.

This book aims to provide information about the current state-of-the-art and research on the main themes that can easily support students, farmers and others interested in sheep farming. In addition, information on best practices on sheep meat, milk and wool production are relevant for those who wish to start this activity or increase their knowledge of farm practices, as well as getting the tools that can improve decision-making processes, investment and thus increase efficiency.

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António Monteiro

Polytechnic Institute of Viseu

Lic. Zoothecnic Engineering (1994), Msc Animal Production (1999), PhD Animal Science (2010), at University of Trás-os-montes e Alto Douro (UTAD). Adjunct Professor of Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Portugal, since 2003. Director of bachelor course of Zoothecnic Engineering 2003-2009 President of the Representatives Assembly of Agrarian School of Viseu, 2007-2009 Director of the Department of Zootecnic, Rural engineering and Veterinary, 2009-2012 President of Pedagogical Board of Agrarian School of Viseu,, 2009-2012. Director of Masters Course in Animal production Technology, Agrarian School of Viseu, 2012-2016 Vice- President of Agrarian School of Viseu, 2012-1016 President of Agrarian School of Viseu, since 2016 Participates as an expert and consultant in the area of small ruminants, including goats, the European project Animal Welfare Indicators (2012). Participated in the project Study of sheep Paratuberculosis in the Serra da Estrela region.Project No 786, financed by Measure 8 - Technological Development and Demonstration, action 8.1. - DE & D Program AGRO 2004-2007 Participated in the project, 'Innovation in agriculture-a bet on the future,' approved and financed by the Association of Dão Development, June 2013 and June 2014. Participated in the project, ECONewFARMERS, Building a future for new farmers in ecological farming through vocational training. Leonardo da Vinci Program, action Transfer of Innovation (TOI). 2014-16 SheepIT - Sistema de controlo de pastagem baseado em tecnologias IT, POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017640. Responsible for the ESAV research team. 2016-2018 PhD Scholarship by the Foundation for Science and Technology (2006 – 2010), D. Dinis Prize for Agronomy (1994), Master Scholarship by PRAXIS XXI (1994- 1996) Orientation of 4 master's thesis, dozens of orientations of final works of Bachelor's Degree. Author of several publications in journals with referee and conference papers.

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