The Provincial Veterinary Office aims to strengthen the cattle industry of Negros Occidental through adopting genetically superior breeding, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer technologies this year.
Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said that the office, in partnership with the United Cattle Raisers in Negros (UCRAIN) aims to strengthen the local cattle industry for various commodities, like beef and dairy, to diversify potential source of income and livelihood for Negrense farmers.
This initiative will be achieved through herd build-up using genetically superior breeding stocks and adoption of technologies, like artificial insemination and embryo transfer, he said, adding that, with the help of the new technologies acquired by the provincial government, sustainability will be ensured.
The genetically-superior breeding, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer technologies are supported through the Liquid Nitrogen Plant (LN2) and semen processing center at the Negros First Ranch in Sta. Rosa, Murcia town, Decena said.
The modern technologies available will ensure the sustainability of cattle production to satisfy market demands which register an estimated annual deficit of 3,426 metric tons of beef in the province, he said.
“The province started herd infusion in 2002 of meat type breeds, such as Brahman, Simmental, Charolais, Angus and Wagyu,” he said, adding that a unified effort of livestock associations and the province resulted in the production of premium quality products from cattle.
Decena also said that pasture development is a vital component to ensure the continuous supply of forages needed, where PVO has acquired technology to boost napier production, silage-making and forages utilization ready to be distributed to interested cattle raisers.*
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