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2018-07-12   12:19:41   INGLÉS
Mexico sells nine thousand females of zebu cattle to Cuba

By Carlos Trejo Serrano

Mexico, Jul. 12 (Notimex).- After six months of having started the negotiation, as part of its strategy of market diversification, a group of Mexican breeders arrive to Cuba on Thursday to finalize the sale of nine thousand zebu cattle females.

These are animals of the Brahman race that have high demand for their genetic characteristics and, therefore, will be used for the reproduction and repopulation of herds in that country, said the president of the National Association of Cebu Breeders, Miguel Ángel Aramburo.

Among its qualities are that it is a beef cattle, has rapid growth, extensive muscles, ideal conformation, sexual precocity, tolerates high temperatures, has remarkable ability to adapt and survive, explained in an interview with Notimex.

He affirmed that Mexico is investing more and more in the improvement of livestock, through technological advances, insemination, embryo transfer and in vitro reproduction, and it is also a privileged country in terms of health and safety, which is why it has become a good option to acquire zebu cattle.

Therefore, he said, the Ministry of Agriculture and breeders of Cuba have turned to Mexico, as has the United States, Dominican Republic, Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua, to acquire these species.

Aramburo said that the sale will be for nine thousand females, which will be shipped in groups of three thousand species each year and will come from the states of Tamaulipas, Tabasco, Chiapas, Guerrero and Yucatan, where the health and safety aspects have already been evaluated.

He explained that in the mission will be accompanied by the general coordinator of Livestock of the Sagarpa, Francisco Gurría Treviño, and he hoped that this is an opportunity to continue with the plan of market diversification.

According to the Mexican Cebu Breeding Association, production in Mexico is at least 30,000 species (females and males) every year and, of these, 80 percent is put up for sale outside the country.

The United States is the main buyer of zebu cattle, since in 2017 alone it acquired some 1,500 Brahman females and it is expected that by the end of 2018 two thousand 500 more will be sent.

In this regard, Aramburo added that the commercial relationship with that country continues and in no way have had difficulties with the uncertainty of the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in force since 1994 between Mexico, the United States and Canada.

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