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Vet releasing bulls

The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office is releasing 13 junior bulls worth P360,000, and the first five will be awarded to cattle breeders in Hinobaan town next week.

Breeders from barangays Sangke, Talacagay, Bacuyangan, Poblacion 2 and Daug will each receive one bull for cattle breeding purposes in the barangays, Maria Regina Gawan of the Provincial Veterinary Office Livestock Services Division said yesterday.

The cattle are supplied by the Negros First Ranch in Murcia and La Granja, La Carlota, under the Bull Loan program of the Negros Occidental provincial government and PVO.

Gawan said the beneficiaries pay by providing a heifer, a female cow, that will be given to other breeders within two years in order to continue the program.

The five barangays in Hinobaan submitted a request letter for intent to avail of the loan from PVO, she said.

The tranche of five bulls, valued at P20,000 per head, will be followed by a dispersal to eyed cattle breeders in Moises Padilla and Calatrava towns within the month.

A list of possible breeders has been already passed, we are still waiting for the letter of intent from them, said Gawan. Those listed from Moises Padilla and Calatrava have the most number of bred cattle, she added.

PVO still has to evaluate the area where the bulls are to be sent, she said.

Meanwhile, more than 500 shots of Senepola and Brahman cattle semen are still available upon request from the United Cattle Raisers Association in Neg. Occ. (UCRAIN) for breeding purposes also, she said.

The PVO is storing and facilitating artificial insemination (AI) to heifers, provided that the breeders have been approved by UCRaiN.

The cattle semen shots were requested by UCRAIN from the Department of Agriculture Region 6.

Recently, an AI technician from San Carlos City availed of 60 units from the PVO facility, she said.

LGUs who have been doing well in their cattle artificial insemination programs are highly recommended to avail of the opportunity, Gawan also said.*KBC



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