Beef Cattle Expansion in the Brazilian Legal Amazon: from Land availability to Emerging Technologies

( Vol-6,Issue-5,May 2019 ) OPEN ACCESS

Miguelangelo Gianezini, Júlio Otávio Jardim Barcellos, Tamara Esteves de Oliveira, Clandio Favarini Ruviaro


Livestock, Food Production, Socioeconomic Development, Agricultural Engineering Research, Land Use Change.


The state of Mato Grosso is part of Brazilian Legal Amazon and is one of the new frontiers in world farming facing the global demand for food. It is also one of the most important regions that have contributed to increasing the size of Brazilian cattle herds. However, a better understanding of the factors driving this expansion in area and the quantity produced is needed to support public policies and domestic production planning. Consequently, the aim of this article is to analyze and describe the historical drivers of beef cattle expansion in the state of Mato Grosso, considering the beef supply chain and state economy. Key findings included indications that this expansion was based on the availability of arable land and lower land prices but mainly resulted from the use of technologies allowing increased efficiency and competitiveness in livestock in Mato Grosso.

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