The Consorzio Ricerca Filiera Lattiero-Casearia (Co.R.Fi.La.C.) is a dairy research center located in the province of Ragusa, Sicily, that focuses on milk production, manufacture and marketing of Ragusano cheese, and farmer outreach programs. Created with grant funding from the public sector, this Center was the natural response to the demand by dairy producers for research and extension education assistance to meet competitiveness challenges in the European community (Licitra et al., 1998). Two main production systems characterize the dairy industry in this region. Herds of Modicana cows of modest size are generally managed under a traditional system based on pasture. Larger herds of higher yielding Brown Swiss (Bruna) and Holstein cows are managed under a more input-intensive system

J. Carvalheira, G. Licitra, G. Azzaro, S. Ventura, R. W Blake

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 1, , 1.11, 2002
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