BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Provincial Veterinary Office is again encouraging private cattle raisers in Negros Occidental to avail of its Bull Loan under the Abanse Negrense Provincial Animal Genetic Improvement Program.
PVO head, Dr. Renante Decena, said this is in line with the Animal Livelihood and Food Security programs of the provincial government.
The increasing trend of cattle population in the province, from 49,306 heads in 2016 to 55,000 heads in 2020, amid the pandemic, can be attributed to natural breeding through the bull houses and AI centers established by the provincial government, with joint efforts of supportive local government units and the United Cattle Raisers Association in Negros Occidental and Visayas (UCRAIN-V), Decena said.
Recently, the PVO delivered a pure Brahman junior bull to the cattle multiplier farm of businessman Jerry Sy in Brgy. Cansilayan, Murcia, after he availed of and was qualified under the Bull Loan program of the province, he added.
Decena said the ongoing program is open to all interested private cattle raisers in the province with an existing herd of about 10 cows.
Those who will not qualify can still have their cattle bred artificially through artificial insemination under the unified AI program of the Department of Agriculture.
The Bull Loan is one the province’s livestock production services to improve and upgrade the genetic makeup of local cattle breeds, increase the supply of beef to support the domestic and tourism demand in the province, and improve the quality of beef. Along with other projects under the PAGIP, the PVO is also encouraging Negrenses to raise improved breeds because of greater potential for production and profitability. It added that cattle raising, even backyard, is economically important and promote the value-adding and marketing of cattle meat as prime beef cuts to maximize profit of fattening cattle.*