• Attainment of acceptable levels of land and labor productivity and low external input use is not a mutually exclusive proposition. This study examines characteristics of a range of current specialized dairy farming systems (DFS) and mixed (crop-livestock) farming systems (MFS) in Cuba to determine their efficiency in the process of food and feed production. The central question was whether the favorable results of MFS realized in a small-scale experimental system were also attainable in larger, commercial farms. To this end, we collected data on 93 farms from around the country for a period of 1 year. The farms were classified according to four predictor variables: farm type, years since conversion from DFS to
    MFS, proportion of land allocated to crops in rotation and farm size. Farms were compared based on 12 pre-selected Agro-Ecological Indicators (AEIs) by using analysis of variance and Tukey’s HSD tests.

  • F. R. FUNES-MONZOTE Estación Experimental de Pastos y Forrajes “Indio Hatuey”, Universidad de Matanzas,
    Central España Republicana, Perico, Matanzas, Cuba

    M. MONZOTE Instituto de Investigaciones de Pastos y Forrajes, Havana, Cuba

    E. A. LANTINGA Group Biological Farming Systems, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

    C. J. F. TER BRAAK Biometris, Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research Centre,Wageningen, The Netherlands

    J. E. SÁNCHEZ H. Instituto de Cibernética, Matemática y Física, Havana, Cuba

    VAN KEULEN Group Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University, Wageningen,The Netherlands; and Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands



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