The Provincial Veterinary Office distributed 24,319 animals, worth P17.56 million, for livelihood last year, records show.
Based on the PVO yearend report, about 24,300 animal heads, with a book value of P17,555,480, were distributed for the livelihood of farmers and livestock raisers in Negros Occidental.
Of this number, 16,448 were new livestock, while 7,871 were re-dispersed. A total of 6,094 households received these live animals.
Free range chicken had the highest number of animal heads distributed with 3,462, followed by 943 piglets for breeding, and 827 piglets for fattening.
PVO also distributed 55 gilt pigs, four boars, seven rams, four bulls,10 bucks, 106 goats, 23 cattle, 20 carabaos, and 633 pekin/mallard ducks.
Meanwhile, 202,319 animals were bred in the Negros First Ranch in Murcia and at the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm in La Granja, La Carlota City, in 2017.
Swine production in both government-run farms was the highest at 81,495, with carabao at 39,206, goat at 38,388, cattle at 27,453, and sheep with 5,777 heads. *MLG
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