How much is a donkey worth?

Authors

  • Thereza Cristina Borio dos Santos Calmon Bittencourt Universidade Federal da Bahia, Escola de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Produção Animal, Salvador – BA, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6498-3964
  • Edna Maria da Silva Universidade Federal da Bahia, Escola de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Produção Animal, Salvador – BA, Brazil
  • Chiara Albano de Araujo Oliveira Universidade Federal da Bahia, Escola de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Produção Animal, Salvador – BA, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4970-1070

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2021.174335

Keywords:

Exploitation, Donkey hide, Family farming system, Unit cost of production

Abstract

This study aimed to estimate the donkey unit cost of production and to contextualize it with the socio-economic condition of the Brazilian semiarid region. A study model was proposed in which the costs of maintenance and animal production were considered, assuming that the herd already existed on the property and the use of the available facilities. The production cycle of donkeys was estimated at 36 months, with an initial herd of 100 jennies and five jacks. For the estimation of forage production, native pastures to the semi-arid region were considered. The unit cost of production was estimated for donkey US$ 258.00/year. However, when the donkey is integrated into the production unit of the family farming system, this animal should be considered as a production asset (draught, pack, and ridden). In face of the growing demand for donkey hide in the international market, the absence of public policies for the protection and welfare of these animals, and even considering the possibility of integrating them into family farming systems, the following question must be asked: how long before Northeast donkeys are extinct? Estimating the unit cost of donkey production and considering them as an essential production asset in family farming could be a starting point to diminish their abandonment in several communities and the consequences of the exploitation of hides.

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Published

2021-04-12

How to Cite

Bittencourt, T. C. B. dos S. C., Silva, E. M. da, & Oliveira, C. A. de A. (2021). How much is a donkey worth?. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 58, e174335. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2021.174335

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