1st Veterinary Medicine Conference for small agriculture > UCT

1st Veterinary Medicine Conference for small agriculture > UCT
1st Veterinary Medicine Conference for small agriculture > UCT

Initiative summoned teams from the PDTI and Prodesal of the region

The improvement in breeding, the updating of new technologies and new drugs to prevent diseases in animals were part of the knowledge delivered to the nearly 200 attendees from the different communities in the region who participated in the event. There, Agronomists, Veterinary Doctors, Agricultural Technicians and officials who care for small producers, their animals and pastures in each of the territories they attend, updated their training.

The day featured various presentations by experts in different areas, as well as a special module from the Pharmaceutical Laboratory Drag Pharmawho are dedicated to the production, import, development, distribution and sale of veterinary medicines.

Grisel Navarro Otárola, Veterinarian of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health of UC Temuco and in charge of the first day, pointed out that “This first activity is very important because its attendees are basically professionals from the PDTI and Prodesal groups of INDAP who serve small farmers in the rural sectors of the region. Due to a logistical issue – since there are more than 100 teams in the region – only the technicians were summoned on this occasion.”

In his welcome greeting, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources of the UCT, Doctor Miguel Escalona, ​​invited the attendees to carry out joint actions between the technical teams that serve the rural sectors and academia. Commenting that the connection with the territory has been a fundamental part of the almost 30 years that the Veterinary Medicine career has had in the region. For his part, the director of the Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health, Juan Manuel Sanhueza, thanked the assistance and highlighted the importance of constantly updating knowledge in such relevant matters as grassland management, small animals, ruminants, large animals, and technical assistance. to small producers in the region.

Field technicians

Our job is for farmers to learn the notions – at least basic – to work their fields. Oppressing the resources they have. We are teams made up of Agricultural Technicians, Agricultural Engineers and Veterinary Doctors”, This was stated by Johana Leiva, extension agent of one of the 3 PDTIs that exist in the commune of Lautaro. Regarding her participation in the activity, she commented that “These trainings help us a lot in updating our knowledge. We do crop consulting and even intense work with animals.”

The technical advice provided by these teams accumulates a certain number of families or producers, which in the case of Johana, totals between 55 and 60.

For her part, Carola Silva, Agricultural Technician of the Natre-Pircunche-Llamuco Unit of the commune of Vilcún, which borders the communes of Padre Las Casas and Temuco, advises 173 users and comments that the sector mostly includes vegetables, but that there is a high percentage of producers of small livestock, sheep, pigs and cattle. In that sense she commented ““We advise on health management, feeding with respect to the establishment of pastures and basic treatments for diseases in animals.”

It is worth mentioning that the category of “small peasant farmer” considers ownership between half and 9 hectares and that user who chooses animal production faces a limitation, according to what was pointed out by Carola Silva ““the small area of ​​land they have, since it limits them from expanding with the establishment of grasslands, limits them from increasing the livestock mass.”.


Jorge Meyer Reveco is a Veterinary Doctor and Master in Agricultural Management and Production and was in charge of the talk “Management and feeding in the sheep pre-casting stage. Then the PhD., Daniela Tapia presented “Control of helminths in ruminants.” Later it was the turn of PhD., Camilo Larrazabal with the exhibition “Cryptosporidiosis and Eimeriosis in ruminantsto close the first part of the day with a table of questions from the attendees.

Finally the Laboratory Drag Pharma launched the EQUINYL, product intended for the treatment of horses. Closing the day with the talk of Veterinary Doctor Luis Marmolejo with “Biotechnologies applied in sheep flocks as tools to improve reproductive indices.

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