The publication El Economista has carried out an extensive report on the sheep sector in Spain and has focused on the Oviaragón cooperative. According to the publication, although Oviaragón has ended the year in a positive way, the sector had already been dragging problems such as the decrease in the herd -in recent years it has fallen by around 4.5%-; l closure of farms, which are now added to the rise in raw materials and energy costs; lower spending by consumers; the strikes, and the uncertainty derived from the situation of the health crisis.
Objectives for 2022
The cooperative has set itself the goal of maintaining activity in 2022 and increasing distribution routes. Currently, it is present in the communities of Aragon, Catalonia and the Basque Country, as well as in 15 countries.
But, without a doubt, one of the main objectives of society is to prevent the decline of farms. For this reason, from the publication Expansión Agro they affirm that the cooperative will be in charge of managing a bag of shepherds, which will cover the absences of the shepherds or the vacations, as well as help them in times of more work and even have shepherds shared among several farmers in an area. This is what Ángel Tarancón, general director of the cooperative, says. Another of the programs that is being worked on is related to generational change so that farms are not closed and young people are incorporated.
The cooperative will be in charge of managing a bag of shepherds, which will cover the absences of the shepherds or the vacations, as well as help them in times of more work
Another important problem is the profitability of the farms. “Profitability in the sheep sector is very tight.” Only the feed prices for fattening lambs have grown by 85.2% since the summer of 2020.
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