PCC eyes carabao upgrading prog for Bohol’s district 1
CORTES, Bohol, Aug. 3 (PIA) — Did you know that a crossbred milking carabao can give you between 6 to 12 liters of milk everyday, compared to three liters from a native?
With Bohol now embarking on a milk feeding program in partnership with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and a Provincial Milk Feeding Program targeted to supplement the intakes of malnourished children, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in support of the National Dairy Authority (NDA) is eyeing to supply as much carabao milk to arrest the nutrition deficiency among Boholano kids.
Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA on Thursday, PCC at the Ubay Stock Farm Office Officer in Charge and center Chief Dr. Gondolino Bajenting shared that aside from putting up the supply to support the supplemental milk feeding for preschool and elementary kids, dairy also offers a handsome alternative income for livestock farmers in milk sales.
“With about P500 a day income per carabao head at P50 per liter, owning two or more dairy carabao heads hand in more ready daily cash for the family,” Bajenting said.
“That even does not count the calf, which can be sold for another P30,000 to P40,000 after a few months,” he continued as he discussed programs that his agency can help farmers increase their agricultural productivity in less time.
For a few minutes of feeding the carabao and milking it every day, you could earn that income, he added.
“We at the PCC commit to improve the future of our farmers using the government’s carabao upgrading program,” he said.
By upgrading program, the PCC has two approaches: using Artificial Insemination (AI) to produce cross-bred calves and the Bull Loan Program where the government carabao authority lends to a farmer or an organization with a good number of female carabaos in their catchment area, a purebred murrah bull, to physically impregnate native female carabaos and improve local stocks.
As to the physical stature, a native carabao is inferior in size and in meat output while a crossbred or purebred produces twice to three times milk, that upgrading native stocks can largely help in seeking out milk to supply Bohol’s needs and the needs of its neighboring islands, including the country, Bajenting continued.
Already running a good service in Bohol’s district two and three where there are already towns with 80 percent to 85 percent upgraded breeds following years of successful AI and Bull Loan program implementation, the PCC is now stretching its arms to the island’s first district.
“In areas where bringing a bull to copulate with a female in heat is a challenge, the PCC has technicians ready to dispense AI services,” the PCC head said.
The farmer owner of the carabao in heat must know the signs that the female carabao is already in its 18-21 days fertility cycle, because the heat does not last that long, it will be off after 18-21 hours if the female is not copulated, he explained.
As soon as he notices the signs that she is in heat, he must call a PCC technician or must inform the Municipal Agriculture Office so a livestock technician can come to administer the AI.
He said the technician’s services could also include the AI administration, pregnancy diagnosis and the delivery assistance, of which the farmer pays the technician a minimal amount which can be payable as the carabao is calving.
On the other hand, in areas where there are in the vicinity of over 50 female carabaos, the PCC may lend to one or a farmers group a purebred bull to physically face the challenge.
One good thing about the Bull Loan Program is that the individual or association may keep the bull to themselves if they have accomplished 50 calves delivered in the catchment through the services of the bull.
The bull keeper, however, has to ensure he could provide a good supply of forage grass so feeding the bull is easy, and that they must build for the bull a resting shed to keep it from exposure to sun or rain which can make it sick.
For more information about the PCC programs, PCC urges interested adoptors to visit the PCC at the Ubay Stock Farm or contact Dr. Glen Bajenting at 09451193998. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)