Jaime San Buenaventura, Science Research Specialist of BAI discussed the importance of the establishment forage and pasture during the two-day training on Cattle Fattening at Regatta Hotel, Iloilo City.
Developing the region’s cattle industry is one of the priorities of the Department of Agriculture (DA), thus, the Livestock and Poultry Development Sector spearheaded the conduct of two-day training on cattle fattening. This training was aimed at imparting knowledge among the agricultural extension workers, cattle raisers and stakeholders about the latest technologies and techniques on cattle raising.
Western Visayas contributes about 9.77 percent of the country’s total cattle industry. The region has produced 245,160 heads of cattle and it ranks fourth as top producing regions in backyard cattle farming as of the first semester of the year.
While hog raising predominates the livestock raising activities in Region 6, the promising growth of cattle industry and the increasing demand of beef also offers income opportunity to our farmers.
DA Regional Technical Director Peter S. Sobrevega said most of the farmer-raisers are used to conventional way of raising and feeding their animals through cut and carry or just feed them with any available grasses along the roads.
“Many farmers had lost interest in cattle raising therefore, we should maximize the potential of the cattle industry by keeping our farmers well informed of the new technologies and encourage them to establish forage and pasture to feed their animals for its sustainability,” added Sobrevega.
DA Regional Technical Director Peter S. Sobrevega urged the participants to adopt the latest technologies in cattle raising and encouraged the establishment of forage and pasture to boost the cattle industry in the region.
During the training, Jaime San Buenaventura, Science Research Specialist II of Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) discussed the forage and pasture establishment and feeds and feeding. He explained that ruminants like cattle require food nutrients to maintain their growth and production.
On the other hand, Larry Lariosa, Agriculturist II of BAI, talked about the general guidelines in selection of stocks, proper care and management practices, and disease control and management.
The DA Regional Field Office 6 provides quality breed of semen through artificial insemination for genetic improvement and upgrading of stocks and distribution of planting materials of grasses and legumes among cattle raisers in Region 6.
Around 50 livestock technicians, interested cattle raisers and large ruminant coordinators from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental participated in the training held on August 24 to 25 at Regatta Hotel, Iloilo City. # (MSSubang)