Carabao as Dairy Animal Proposed

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Carabao as Dairy Animal Proposed


By PIA

Iloilo City -- There must be a shift in the role of the carabao from a work animal to a dairy animal to sustain the potential of a carabao dairy industry in Western Visayas.

In a press statement, Information Officer James Ogatis said the increase in the population of the Italian Dairy Buffalo from the original 26 heads in 2014 to 45 heads this year reflects growth opportunities. Arn Granada, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Carabao Center based at the West Visayas State University in Calinog, Iloilo, reported that more carabao growers are turning to artificial insemination.

"This is also coupled with the bull dispersal program and technology assistance to carabao raisers, all contributing to the center's accomplishment of its target this year," Granada said.

He said 669 native crossbred animals, with a value of P16,725,000, were born from native caracows through upgrading programs initiated by the PCC@WVSU for 2015.

"Shifting the role of the carabao would mean making it a source of additional livelihood for rural farmers," Granada said. …

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