Antique having a mountainous terrain and abundance of forage and grasses is ideal in raising livestock especially small ruminants. Bayate noted that most of the existing stocks were purely native wherein it has a great potential for upgrading through the introduction of purebred Anglo-Nubian, Boer and Saanen bulls and with the use of artificial insemination (AI).
He said that through the SOA on goat production, goat raisers in the province will be able to listen to topics from establishing forage and pasture area, housing, breed selection, cultural management, pests and diseases symptoms and control, silage making, feeds and feeding, milking and marketing strategies and linkage.
The resource persons will come from the DA-6 livestock and poultry sector, Bureau of Animal Industry, National Dairy Authority (NDA), provincial agriculture office OPA), provincial veterinary office (ProVet) and the officers of the Panay Small Ruminant Raisers Association (PSRRA) based in Iloilo.
Provincial Agriculturist Nicolasito S. Calawag was grateful that small ruminant industry in the province was highlighted saying that hundreds of goats were shipped to neighboring provinces every month.
He was optimistic that with the completion of the three-month long SOA, goat raisers will be organized and be able to strategized and come up with a roadmap for a sustainable and profitable industry.
The SOA will be anchored by Ms. Arlene Edna La Vega, farmcaster from the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, Mr. Francisco Galluego from the Provincial Veterinary Office, Ms. Juvy S. Gaton and this writer from DA-RAFIS 6. This will be aired over local radio station DYKA-AM, 801 khz from 5:30am to 6:00am every Thursday and Friday.
Interested goat raisers may coordinate to their respective municipal agricultural officers (MAOs) for enrollment forms for them to be enrolled in the SOA on goat production.# (JEEOgatis)